On Friday, September 22, military police were forced to open fire on an unauthorized vehicle that was attempting to illegally enter a California Marine base. The driver of the vehicle, who was unarmed and suffered no injuries, was eventually detained by a military police officer at the Twentynine Palms, California Marine base.
This is the second time this year that an unauthorized vehicle breached a California Marine Corps installation as there was another similar event at Camp Pendleton earlier this year.
As security procedures remain intact and investigations are being conducted to determine if terrorism was involved, here is what we know so far about this incident.
According to a report from Military.com, the civilian attempted to enter the base around 8:19 p.m on Friday evening but only one Marine MP fired their weapon at the vehicle in response.
No injuries or fatalities were reported after this incident occurred and according to Twentynine Palms spokesperson Capt. Johnathon Huizar “Our security procedures are still intact” while investigations are being conducted by The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
The NCIS has yet to make any comments regarding this incident however it does not appear that it is classified as an active-shooter situation nor does the Marine Corps believe it was an act of terrorism.
It appears that these breaches of installations have been happening more often than they should be due to inadequate security measures being put into place or lack thereof which is why further investigation needs to be conducted in order for us all to feel safe again on our military bases nation-wide.
It’s important for us all to stay vigilant when it comes breaches of military installations as these can lead to potential threats against our national security system if not prevented properly beforehand.
Overall, even though no one was hurt during this particular breach of installation, incidents like these remind us of how fragile our sense of national safety really is even with high level security measures placed around various installations nation-wide.