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Authorities: Johnstown Marine fatally shoots himself in the eye
by WJAC Web Staff
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Authorities in North Carolina are investigating the accidental shooting death of a Johnstown Marine.
LCpl. LaNija Gilpatrick, who the Marines said was stationed at Camp Lejeune, died at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center July 31st.
6 News spoke to a New Hanover County medical examiner who indicated Gilpatrick was twirling a gun when it went off July 26th.
The incident happened at a home in Richlands, N.C., about 30 miles away from Camp Lejeune.
The medical examiner said Gilpatrick was shot in his left eye. He died five days later.
A spokesperson for the Marines told 6 News an investigation is continuing.
The medical examiner ruled Gilpatrick's death an accident.