TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — One person was wounded in a self-inflicted shooting at the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms Tuesday morning, prompting a lockdown before military police could determine if anyone else was in danger.
Military police were called about gunshots on the base some time around 6:30 a.m. and all personnel were ordered to shelter in place.
Captain Nicole Plymale, a public affairs officer at the base, told Fox News that there were no immediate reports of injuries and that police “had the suspect cordoned off and are in contact with him,” but it wasn’t clear until later that the incident had been a self-inflicted shooting.
“The shelter in place order for the installation has been lifted,” U.S. Marines confirmed on Twitter around 9:30 a.m. “An individual sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound at approximately 8:30 a.m.”
Officials said the person was taken to a hospital to be treated and that no one else had been hurt — they did not immediately comment on whether the shooting had been accidental or potentially a suicide attempt.
In the moments after gunfire first rang out on base, an official text message was sent to Marines and other personnel warning them of an “active shooter.”
“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,” the message, which was shared on Twitter, reads.
“Please respond. 1. Acknowledge; I will attempt to evacuate. 2. Acknowledge; I am sheltering in place. 3. I am on leave, liberty at alternate work site or T A D.”
Military officials said the shooting is now under investigation.
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, widely known as Twentynine Palms, is located in southern San Bernardino County and is the largest U.S. Marine Corps base.
Important note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911.