Shots were fired on California’s Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base Wednesday morning. A suspect is reportedly in custody but that has not been confirmed.
Largest Marine Corps base in the country
A shelter in place order was issued Wednesday morning following shots fired being reported to military police at 6:30 a.m. local time. Captain Nicole Plymale, Public Affairs Officer for the largest Marine Corps base in the country confirmed the incident and related “the suspect has been cordoned off away from the public.” So far, no injuries have been reported.
#BREAKING: Military police responded to reports of gunshots at approximately 0630 and cordoned the area. We cannot confirm a suspect in custody at this time. More to follow.
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An update downgraded the situation when the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department learned the suspect was no longer considered “an active shooter.” Their assistance was not required on the base. Later, an unidentified “public information officer” told a local FOX affiliate that “one suspect was taken into custody.” The Marine Corps has not confirmed the arrest.
Separate reports noted that Military Police were the first to respond after “reports of gunshots at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center around 6:30 a.m., which is when they cordoned off the area.
Large enough to be a city
The base is known as the premiere military training facility for the Marine Corps and covers enough land to be it’s own city, more than 900 square miles. It covers the Mojave desert about 150 miles outside Los Angeles.
Even though the Marine Corps is keeping tight lipped, local news outlets are reporting a suspect is in custody and “military police are currently speaking with” whoever it is.
Phone alerts terrified the Marine Corps community warning anyone in the area to “barricade themselves.” Everyone else was urged to “stay away from the base.”
This is a breaking story so check back for important updates.