Twentynine Palms Marine Base Suicide Attempt Creates Active Shooter Alert

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Military Police responded to reports of an active shooter on the Twentynine Palms Marine Base at around 0630 a.m. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is the largest Marine Corps base in the United States. The area was cordoned off, and later a tweet was sent out that the suspect was in custody. It turned out to be a suicide attempt.

“UPDATE: Marines now say suicide attempt, not active shooter at 29 Palms: “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…” Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News

Active shooter alert sent out

An Active shooter alert was sent out as soon as the report emerged, and a lockdown ensued.

The alert read:

“Security alert: entrance to base and hospital restricted due to security alert. Please shelter in place until notified.” 

A cell phone alert stated:

“Code White. There is an Active Shooter in the A M C C. Remain calm. Silence your cell phone. Run, hide, fight. Help is on the way.”

At 8:21 a.m. Angela Chen at KESQ tweeted,

BREAKING: a shooting suspect is now in custody at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. A base spokesperson confirmed active shooter situation started around 6:30 this morning. Officials are speaking with the suspect now. No word on injuries or victims at this point.

33 minutes later, she tweeted,

UPDATE: San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept says Twentynine Palms has told them it’s not an active shooter and are not requesting sheriff’s assistance at this time.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office told KESQ it was not an active shooter situation.  The reports of gunshots came in at 0630 a.m., and by 8:30 a.m. it was “under control.” It turned out to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is the largest Marine Base in the country, at 932 square miles. The mission is to extensively train Marines for individual combat, and teach them how to work together as a unified fighting force, in addition to other training, according to the website.

Faetured photo via Twitter

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