US Marine dies in shooting at Washington barracks

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington in November 2018.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington in November 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US Marine died of a gunshot wound while on duty early on Tuesday (Jan 1) at the Marine Barracks in Washington, media reported.

The death occurred around 5am (6pm Singapore time), CNN reported.

Authorities determined that there was no threat to the surrounding area in south-east Washington.

But otherwise, details were scant.

The dead marine's identity was not released.

A spokeswoman for the city's Metropolitan Police said an investigation was in its early stages but that for now, no criminal charges had been pressed.

The Marine Corps could not immediately be reached.

The barracks, sometimes known as "8th & I" for its location, is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps, founded in 1801 under President Thomas Jefferson, according to its website.

Marine units stationed there perform both ceremonial and security duties in the US capital.

They include the famed Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Band and the Marine Corps Color Guard.