A gunman has been taken to hospital after shooting themselves at the largest Marine Corps base in the US in Southern California.
The individual, who has not been identified, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, and is currently being treated for their injuries, the Corps said on Twitter.
Their condition is unknown and no other injuries have been reported at this time.
Twentynine Palms was thrown into lockdown early Tuesday morning after reports of gunfire sparked fears of an active shooter on the loose at the base.
A gunman has been taken to hospital after shooting themselves at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms (pictured) early Tuesday morning
The Corps confirmed on Twitter that gunshots rung out at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Residents on the base were sent an alert message telling them to shelter in place, reported the
‘Please shelter in place until notified,’ it said.
‘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.’
Another urgent alert message warned ‘you are at serious risk’ and told people to ‘lock and barricade the door.’
One terrified resident took to social media to tell how they were on lockdown in the base.
‘Active shooter on the base in 29 Palms. We are locked down here with the kids,’ one woman tweeted.
Military police were said to be investigating and the area was cordoned off.
The US Marine Corps reported the unfolding situation on Twitter
One terrified resident took to social media to tell how they were on lockdown in the base
Initial reports said there was an active shooter on the base and that an individual had been taken into custody.
Captain Nicole Paymale later clarified that a suspect had been ‘cordoned off’.
She said this is a military term and would not confirm the suspect was in custody at the time.
A San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman also said the base told them it was not an active shooting situation, but that a shooting had taken place on the base.
The base did not require the Sheriff’s assistance, the Department added.
At 8:30 a.m. – around two hours after the incident began – the Corps confirmed that an individual had shot themselves.
‘An individual sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound at approximately 8:30 a.m.,’ the Corps wrote on Twitter.
‘The individual is currently being treated and will be transported to a medical facility.
‘There are no other injuries reported at this time. This incident is under investigation.’
The lockdown for the base has since been lifted and vehicles were seen coming and going from the base as of 9 a.m.
US marines during a training exercise at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base in 2005. The individual, who has not been identified, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Marine Corps base and is currently being treated for their injuries
Twentynine Palms was thrown into lockdown early Tuesday morning after reports of gunfire sparked fears of an active shooter on the loose at the base. Soldiers pictured on the base in 2005
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The vast Twentynine Palms base is located in the desert 125 miles (201 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.
It is the largest Marine Corps base in the world, with around 8,500 people estimated to live there.