Marine

Guard kills knife wielding person at entrance to Marine Corps recruit depot in San Diego


SAN DIEGO (AP) – A guard on Friday shot dead a knife-wielding person at the front door of the Marine Corps recruiting depot in San Diego, authorities said.

The shooting took place around noon, San Diego police said.

A car attempted to enter the depot through the gate 5 checkpoint and the guards warned it to stop, according to a depot release quoted by KGTV-TV.

The driver then got out and approached with a knife “and with hostile intent,” the statement said.

“After several warnings, the individual was shot dead by base personnel” and died at the scene, the statement said.

Further details were not immediately disclosed.

Since the shooting took place on federal property, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has been investigating it.

The depot is near the San Diego International Airport. Gate 5 is used for visitors. It has safety bollards under a metal canopy.

KSWB-TV reported that an SUV with open doors could be seen in one of the visitor lanes and a body covered with a tarp lay a short distance under the door awning.

The Marine Recruit Depot, which trains recruits primarily from the western Mississippi River, handles tens of thousands of recruits each year. The deposit is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.