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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. 

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times