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3 Dead After Shooting, Standoff at US Marine Base in Virginia

Two victims and the alleged shooter confirmed killed inside barracks at Quantico

- Common Dreams staff

Three US Marines are dead this morning following a shooting inside barracks at the Quantico military base in northern Virginia.

The entrance to the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico Friday March 22, 2013. Three people, including the suspect, were killed in a shooting at Marine Base Quantico, base spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan said early Friday. Solivan said they believe the suspect, whose name wasn't released, is a staff member at the officer candidate school at the base. No information on the victim was immediately released. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat) According to reports, the shooter was a Marine himself and killed two fellow soldiers before turning the gun on himself.

The Associated Press reports:

According to Marine Corps spokesman Agustin Solivan, the suspected gunman shot one Marine, then barricaded himself inside the staff barracks area of the Officer Candidates School.

When police entered the barracks early Friday, officers found two more bodies, including that of the gunman. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Solivan said.

The names of the dead were being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The suspected gunman and both victims -- a man and a woman -- were staff members at the school, a senior defense official told NBC News.