It was a busy day in San Diego for recruiters and their families. With the department of Defense working to get more troops into civilian jobs, thousands of military families were keeping close tabs on social media for updates.
But it appears two American Marines were gunned down at the end of the day at the entrance to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego on Saturday.
Matthew Jerome Gervais, 24, of Peoria, Arizona, and Jovani Andino Lopez, 19, of Mexico, died as a result of gunshot wounds, according to a statement released by the Department of Defense.
It was not immediately clear which of the men was behind the gunfire.
“It is deeply sad to announce that during the course of recruit training, two Marine Corps Recruiters were shot by a Marine, and both of them died,” the statement said.
“The investigation is ongoing and it will be up to the coroner to determine the cause of death.”
In a separate incident that occurred Saturday afternoon, an active shooter was contained, and shots were fired on the third base at Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii, authorities said, according to the Navy Times.
A military police shot and killed the suspect.
The incident did not affect basic training activities at Schofield.