Military officials say a Marine who shot two of his colleagues to death and then killed himself at a Virginia base was a tactics instructor who joined the corps seven years ago.
The Marines said Saturday that 25-year-old Sgt. Eusebio Lopez gunned down 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata and 23-year-old Cpl. Jacob Wooley on Thursday in barracks at the Quantico base near Washington.
Lopez, of Pacifica, Calif., was a teacher at a school that tests Marines who want to become officers and his specialty was machine-gunner. Castromata, of Oakley, Calif., was a warehouse clerk for the school. Wooley, of Guntown, Miss., was a field radio operator and also worked with the school.
The Marines have not described the relationship between the three or released a motive for the shooting.
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Thursday and the base was put on lockdown, Lt. Agustin Solivan said.
“It’s still a standoff situation,” Solivan said shortly after 2 a.m. Friday.
A message posted on the base’s Facebook page shortly after the shooting warned all residents to stay in their homes until the suspect is apprehended.
“Base residents are to follow all instructions being delivered by the Giant Voice System. Please remain inside your homes with your doors locked,” read the post.
He added that he believes the suspect is a staff member at the officer candidate school at the base. No information about the victim has been released.
– Shooting at Virginia Marine Base Leaves 1 Dead @ The Guardian Express