A Marine is in serious but stable condition following a July 28 live-fire training incident aboard the sprawling Twentynine Palms, California, Marine training center, according to Marine officials.
A military safety brief detailed that a lance corporal was shot and “paralyzed from the neck down” during a company live-fire event at the California based ground combat center.
Marine officials were not able to confirm if the Marine, assigned to 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, was still listed as paralyzed since the publication of the safety brief.
The injured Marine was “treated and stabilized" by medical personnel at the site of the incident before being moved to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California, 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, told Marine Corps Times in an emailed statement.
“The Marine has since been transferred to a specialized care facility, where he remains in serious but stable condition,” Edinburgh said.
Edinburgh said the incident happened during a scheduled training exercise aboard Twentynine Palms, California.
“We recognize our training operations are inherently dangerous and we place safety at the forefront of every mission," Edinburgh said.
The Marines of 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, are a reserve unit. They have been training aboard Twentynine Palms as part of a predeployment exercise known as Integrated Training Exercise 5-19, according to a command release.
Following the exercise, the Marines will be activated and deploy to the Indo-Pacific area of operations, the release detailed.
A safety brief listed the incident as a Class A mishap which is defined by the Navy as a fatality or permanent disability.
“We stand with the family of the injured Marine and we are grateful to the medical professionals for their care and support to one of our own,” Edinburgh said.
Shawn Snow is the senior reporter for Marine Corps Times and a Marine Corps veteran.