WASHINGTON (AP/WJZ) — Police in Washington, D.C., say a U.S. Marine who was shot and killed inside of the Marine Barracks in Washington, did so accidentally.

Police said a male Marine was shot early Tuesday morning in an apparent accident and later pronounced dead. Police haven’t said why the shooting was accidental. Marine Corps spokesman Chief Gunnery Sgt. John says the man did not shoot himself.

Marine Shot And Killed On Duty At Marine Barracks In DC

“The command’s priorities are to take care of the Marine’s family and friends,” said Col. Don Tomich, commanding officer of Marine Barracks. “We want to ensure these personnel are being provided for during this challenging time.”

Authorities did not immediately release the man’s name. A barracks statement says the release of the man’s name is pending notification of his family.

However, Markelle Kuznia reported her 20-year-old son Riley Kuznia was the marine shot at the barrack in a Facebook post.

“With broken hearts we lost a loving son, cherished brother and dedicated Marine,” Markelle Kuznia posted. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayer during this difficult time! Please use his Facebook account to share all the amazing memories you shared with this goofy kid. Semper fidelis! With broken hearts we lost a loving son, cherished brother and dedicated Marine. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayer during this difficult time! Please use his Facebook account to share all the amazing memories you shared with this goofy kid. Semper fidelis!”

The Marine Barracks was founded in 1801 and is the oldest active Marine Corps post. A Marine survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the compound in June. Another Marine was fatally shot in the head at the compound in 2013.

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