One Marine Dead, One Wounded in Shooting at Marine Base
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) _ A Marine walked into his lieutenant colonel’s office and fatally shot him in the chest Tuesday, then seriously wounded another superior officer who came to investigate, officials said.
Sgt. Jessie A. Quintanilla was arrested shortly after the shooting at the Marine Corps Air Station, said Lt. Col. Jerry Broeckert, a spokesman for Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.
Both victims were high-ranking officers of Marine Logistics Squadron 39, where Quintanilla was assigned to the supply section.
Lt. Col. Daniel W. Kidd, the squadron’s executive officer, was pronounced dead at 3:28 p.m. at the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. Lt. Col. Thomas A. Heffner, the squadron’s commanding officer, was hospitalized in serious condition, officials said.
The motive was unknown, officials said. Col. Bob Zimmerman, the air station’s commanding officer, said he wasn’t aware of any problems between Quintanilla and the officers.
Kidd ``is the dad for the people here,″ said Broeckert. ``He controls their liberty, controls their work hours. He touches the lives of many people.″
Quintanilla allegedly walked into Kidd’s second-story suite and shot the executive officer. When Heffner went to see what happened, Quintanilla shot him, too, Broeckert said.
``To think a Marine would do this to another Marine really bothers us,″ Broeckert said.
With 600 Marines, the squadron is the largest at the air station, which has five flying squadrons. Squadron 39 is a support unit that repairs helicopters. The base is about 30 miles north of San Diego.