Marine recruit shot to death at recruit depot

By CNN Staff Writer

(CNN) — A Marine recruit was shot and killed at the front gate of Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego Wednesday, officials said.

The recruit, whose name was not released, was shot outside the squad bay door of the gym, Camp Pendleton spokesman 1st Lt. James Riley said.

The attacker was a former Marine who had been discharged for unspecified reasons, Riley said. The suspect apparently had turned a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun on himself.

Authorities did not immediately say how many other people were injured, but CNN affiliate KGTV reported three or four Marines were shot, including the suspect.

Riley said no officers were injured. It wasn’t clear if any other members of the U.S. armed forces were hurt.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. PT (10:45 a.m. ET) in the San Diego suburb of Lakeside, near Camp Pendleton, the vast Marine Corps base that also is a federal reserve post.

“He did not have an alias,” Riley said of the gunman. “At this point, I would not go so far as to identify him.”

The former Marine, whose name was not released, had been discharged for unspecified reasons and turned the gun on himself, Riley said. The military did not release details on what led to the discharge.

“Obviously, it is a tragedy for this community,” Riley said, adding that counselors will be made available for the recruit’s family.

The Corps is investigating whether the shooter knew the victim, Riley said.

The depot has about 17,000 recruits and processed 24,000 recruit in July, according to its website.

San Diego County sheriff’s officials are at the crime scene, San Diego police Lt. Jeff Gaddis said.

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