June 18, 2024

Military police at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, shot at a vehicle that unlawfully entered the base on Friday night.

The driver, who was a civilian, was subsequently arrested and then transported to a naval hospital for evaluation, according to the service. There were no injuries or fatalities reported by the Marine Corps on Sunday, just over a day after the shooting.

There was no active-shooter situation during the time of the shooting, and the Marine Corps is not considering the incident to be an act of terrorism, according to Capt. Johnathon Huizar, a spokesperson at Twentynine Palms.

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“Our security procedures are still intact,” Huizar told Military.com on Monday. “Anytime an incident happens, there’s always a review after actions — so that is going on alongside the investigation by [the Naval Criminal Investigative Service].”

An after-action report, or AAR, is typically conducted after any one unit conducts a mission or is required to engage in contact as a way to learn, improve and assess the situation that occurred.

The civilian who entered the base was not armed, Huizar said, and it was only one Marine military police officer who shot at the vehicle Friday night at approximately 8:19 p.m.

Huizar deferred Military.com to NCIS for more information, but the law enforcement service did not reply by publication. Military Times first reported the incident on Saturday.

Earlier this year, another vehicle rammed barriers in an attempt to gain access to Camp Pendleton, California, and caught on fire afterward. Just southwest of Twentynine Palms, a naval base was put on lockdown in March after a vehicle entered the main gate without stopping.

Meanwhile, artillery fire nearly hit several Marines at Twentynine Palms earlier this month, causing their Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, to catch fire, according to The Messenger news site. The artillery, which was reportedly a 155mm shell, missed its intended target and landed “less than 30 feet away,” from the Marines, the publication said.

No other information about the Twentynine Palms vehicle shooting was available from the Marine Corps by publication.

— Drew F. Lawrence can be reached at drew.lawrence@military.com. Follow him on X @df_lawrence.

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