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Shooting reported at Twentynine Palms Marines Combat Center in California

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is renowned as the Marine Corps’ premiere training facility. While meeting the needs of visiting units, the installation also utilizes a significant amount of resources while also dedicating to resources to conserving energy, while maintaining the training standards. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo/Released)
July 07, 2020

A shooting was reported on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Tuesday morning.

The base posted an update at 9:17 a.m. PST, indicating the shelter in place order was lifted and an individual suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, though the circumstances of that incident remain unclear.

“Shelter in place has been lifted. An individual sustained a self inflicted gunshot wound at approximately 8:30 A.M. The individual is currently being treated and will be transported to a medical facility. There are no other injuries reported at this time. This incident is under investigation,” the base’s statement said.

Some social media users claiming to be on base have indicated the shooting was a suicide, but officials have not yet confirmed whether this is true.

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“We are aware of reports of an active shooter at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Initial reporting indicates no injuries,” Marine Corps spokesman MSgt Andrew Pendracki told American Military News earlier Tuesday.

“Military police responded to reports of gunshots at approximately 0630 and cordoned off the area. We cannot confirm a suspect in custody at this time. We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available,” Pendracki added.

Unconfirmed media reports previously indicated that a suspect was in custody, despite lack of officials’ confirmation.

An automated message was reportedly broadcast to personnel in the area to shelter in place.

The MCAGCC is the Corps’ largest combined arms live-fire training facility, and hosts the training of tens of thousands of Marines each year.