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Marine Charged in New Year's Day Shooting Death at DC Barracks

What to Know

  • Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia, 20, was shot in the head about 5 a.m. Jan. 1 inside the barracks at 8th and I streets in Southeast Washington.
  • Preliminary results of the investigation found proper firearm handling procedures were not followed, the Marines said.
  • Lance Cpl. Andrew M. Johnson is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at Marine Corps Base Quantico Aug. 22.

A Marine has been charged in the shooting death of a fellow Marine at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., in January.

Lance Cpl. Andrew M. Johnson is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at Marine Corps Base Quantico Aug. 22 on charges of murder, manslaughter and failure to obey a lawful general order, according to the Marines.

Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia, 20, was shot in the head about 5 a.m. Jan. 1 inside the barracks at 8th and I streets in Southeast Washington.

"A complete and thorough investigation was conducted following this tragic incident," said Col. Donald Tomich, commanding officer of the barracks.

Preliminary results of the investigation found proper firearm handling procedures were not followed, the Marines said.

The Marine Corps Times obtained the charge sheet through a government records request and reported Johnson allegedly shot Riley after pointing a pistol at him and pulling the "trigger in jest.”

"The Barracks remains committed to supporting Lance Cpl. Kuznia's family as the legal process will undoubtedly reopen some wounds," Tomich said in a press release.

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