A sprawling U.S. Marine Corps training center in the Southern California desert was put on lockdown Monday due to a report of shots fired, the Marine Corps confirmed.
The report was anonymous and there was no immediate confirmation of whether shots actually were fired, said Gunnery Sgt. Santiago Colon, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms said Monday.
Capt. Zachary Colvin, spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, told Marine Corps Times Monday, “Out of an abundance of caution, (police) have advised personnel to shelter in place and stay indoors.”
An anonymous report was made to the base at approximately 9:00 a.m. local time of shots fired, Colvin told Marine Corps Times. The lockdown was lifted as of of 12:22 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, he said later Monday afternoon.
“At this time we can confirm that a weapon was inadvertently discharged,” he said.
No injuries were reported and the incident is under investigation.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department units were at the scene and coordinating with military law enforcement at the base, said sheriff’s Lt. Jess Allison.
“We don’t have any reports of any victims at this time,” he said. “However, obviously, it’s a large location.”
Twentynine Palms is about 125 miles east of Los Angeles.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as Marine Corps Times confirms more.
Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness intimidation. Todd is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War.