According to family and friends of 23-year-old Jacob Wooley, he was killed on the base, which prompted a lockdown into Friday. Base officials say two Marines, a man and a woman, were killed before the gunman killed himself in a barracks dorm room.
All three Marines, according to the Associated Press, were part of the staff at the officer candidate school.
As of press time, officials had not announced the names of the deceased. Col. David W. Maxwell, commander of the base, said identities were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
“It has been a long night as we have begun to deal with the tremendous loss which we have suffered last night,” he said in a release.
Jessica Wildman, a Corinth resident who grew up with Wooley in the Alcorn County school system, said he was “an amazing young man.”
“I spent the majority of my time with him during our childhood,” she said. “He had so much energy and made everyone around him smile. Jacob had a way with people and a gift from God to touch lives.
“No matter what was going on he would bring laughter to any room. He will be missed so much that words cannot describe it.”
Wooley’s Facebook page was filled Friday with tributes to his life and dedication to the Marines. One tribute was from Aaron Krider:
“To one Jacob Wooley, if the world had more men like you there would be far less tragedies like yours. Many men are spoken well of after their time, but few so highly while they walked among us. God bless the Wooley family.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.