U.S. Marine fatally shot at barracks on Capitol Hill

A U.S. Marine was shot and killed Tuesday morning inside the Marine Barracks on Capitol Hill in Southeast Washington, prompting a D.C. police investigation.

Two officials with knowledge of the investigation said the Marine appeared to have been struck by an accidental discharge from another Marine’s weapon.

Authorities cautioned that the investigation was in its beginning stages.

No arrests had been made, and police classified the case as a “death investigation,” an indication that, at least at the moment, investigators did not believe a crime had been committed. The shooting occurred about 5 a.m. A Marine Corps spokeswoman, Capt. Colleen McFadden, said she could confirm only that the victim did not suffer “a self-inflicted injury.”

The name of the victim, described as in his early 20s, was not made public on Tuesday.

D.C. police, who lead all death investigations in the District, said officers were contacting the victim’s relatives. The military typically releases names of deceased members 24 hours after the next of kin are notified.

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