Three U.S. Marines are dead after a shooting late Thursday night at Quantico Marine Base outside Washington, D.C.

The chain of events began to unfold at about 11 p.m. after one person was shot and killed. Several hours later police entered the suspect's barracks and found the Marine dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In all, three Marines are dead -- a woman and two men.

Base commander Col. David Maxwell said Quantico is providing counseling for Marines and their families during this difficult time.

"It's been a long night as we have begun to deal with the tremendous loss that happened last night. And on behalf of Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Officers Candidate School, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families, the friends, and the Marines, of the three Marines, that we lost last night," Maxwell said. "As we take care of our Marines and their families that are dealing with this tragedy, I'd also ask for the support of our neighbors, the community, and their thoughts and prayers as well for our Marines, who have lost their comrades in arms."

At this point, it's unclear what led up to the shooting. The names of the victims have not been released.

Investigators said the suspect was a staff member at the officer candidate school at Quantico. They also say the shooting was an isolated incident and they were confident there were no other victims.

This shooting comes on the heels of that tragedy at a Marine base in Nevada earlier this week, where seven Marines were killed in a training accident.

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