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Report: Quantico Marine shooter had suffered brain injury; medical treatment was insufficient

  • FILE - This Sept. 21, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Sgt. Eusebio Lopez, an Officer Candidate School instructor, during the Quantico Leadership Venture at OCS. Lopez, 25, gunned down 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata and Cpl. Jacob Wooley, 23, on Thursday night March 21, 2013 inside barracks at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia before committing suicide. A July report obtained Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 by the Associated Press says Lopez had exhibited signs of traumatic brain injury that should have prompted greater concern. (AP Photo/US Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Antwaun L. Jefferson)

    FILE - This Sept. 21, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Sgt. Eusebio Lopez, an Officer Candidate School instructor, during the Quantico Leadership Venture at OCS. Lopez, 25, gunned down 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata and Cpl. Jacob Wooley, 23, on Thursday night March 21, 2013 inside barracks at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia before committing suicide. A July report obtained Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 by the Associated Press says Lopez had exhibited signs of traumatic brain injury that should have prompted greater concern. (AP Photo/US Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Antwaun L. Jefferson)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This combo made from undated file photos provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19, of Oakley, Calif., left, and Cpl. Jacob Wooley, 23, of Guntown, Miss. Castromata and Wooley were shot to death Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Sgt. Eusebio Lopez of Pacifica, Calif., at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico in northern Virginia. A July report obtained Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 by the Associated Press says Lopez had exhibited signs of traumatic brain injury that should have prompted greater concern. (AP Photo/U.S. Marine Corps)

    FILE - This combo made from undated file photos provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19, of Oakley, Calif., left, and Cpl. Jacob Wooley, 23, of Guntown, Miss. Castromata and Wooley were shot to death Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Sgt. Eusebio Lopez of Pacifica, Calif., at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico in northern Virginia. A July report obtained Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 by the Associated Press says Lopez had exhibited signs of traumatic brain injury that should have prompted greater concern. (AP Photo/U.S. Marine Corps)  (The Associated Press)

A military investigation has found that a Marine who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and a colleague before killing himself at the Quantico Marine Corps base should have received better psychological care.

Sgt. Eusebio Lopez was receiving treatment in North Carolina after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Iraq, but his medical care stopped abruptly when he was transferred to Quantico in 2012, according to the report obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The reason appeared to be two-fold: His new doctors didn't know about his previous treatment and he didn't speak up.

The report also found problems with the response to the shooting and said Marines regularly flaunted regulations that required them to register personal firearms and store them in the armory.