UPDATE: Camp Lejeune identifies Marine in Main Gate Shooting

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Submitted: Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:43am
Updated: Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:11pm

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — Camp Lejeune officials have released the name of the Marine sentry killed at the Main Gate Tuesday.

They say Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf, 21, of Crawley, Texas, died
April 8 after receiving a single gunshot wound to the chest while on sentry
duty at Camp Lejeune’s Main Gate
. He was assigned to 2nd Radio Battalion,
II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group aboard Camp Lejeune. He
was temporarily assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune as a Marine sentry.

A spokesman says Boterf joined the Marine Corps in August 2012.
His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National
Defense Service Medal.

Lance Cpl. Boterf has no deployment history.

Earlier today a Pentagon spokesman says the shooting at the base appears to have been an accident.

Department of Defense spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters Wednesday that indications point to a “negligent discharge” as the cause of Tuesday’s death in a guard shack at the main gate to Camp Lejeune.

Base spokesman Nat Fahy says it will take several weeks of examination to confirm that the shooting was accidental.

The Marine who fired the single shot from his M4 rifle about 5:30 p.m. remains in custody while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service reviews the incident. He hasn’t been publicly identified.

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2015 years 8 months ago

WWAY needs a thumbs-up function.

2015 years 8 months ago

That is because the nomenclature of the rifle in use is the M4 Carbine. It is not an AR15.

2015 years 8 months ago


Your comment was less than inappropriate. This story has absolutely nothing to do with your political views, thoughts about the government, or the appropriate vocabulary that should be used when describing weapons. You have a valid excuse for being a disgruntled American, but in this particular case, save the bad attitude for another time and just express your support for everyone who was affected by this tragedy.

2015 years 8 months ago

Well, ok, let’s get into it…

Why has the media widely chosen to refer to the firearm as an “M4 Carbine” rather than “assault rifle”? The M4 has a selective fire option for a 3 round burst, plus all those other cosmetic features that politicians like to use to define the civilian version–or “assault rifle”.

The media could always refer to the “AR-15″ rather than “assault rifle” if they chose, but it wouldn’t be as dramatic, right?

I guess the military doesn’t use assault rifles? They use the M4.

But civilians use an “assault rifle”.

Go figure…

2015 years 8 months ago

I guess you missed my obvious point.

Yes, the rifle used was an M4. That was accurate, unusual for the media.

And the media chooses to call the rifle used by civilians in all the news stories an “assault rifle”, RATHER than an AR-15. Why?

The news is biased consistently in this area, for no other reason than being political and sensationalistic.

This is no more or less a tragedy than any other shooting, but the media will trumpet “assault rifle” if it’s not on a military base or in a military setting.