WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2010 — FBI officials today announced they are opening an investigation into three recent shootings in Northern Virginia targeting the Pentagon and two Marine Corps sites.
Investigators have confirmed that shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., on Oct. 17, and those fired at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 19 involved a single weapon, officials said in a news release. Both shootings happened in predawn hours.
Ballistics tests are underway for a similar overnight shooting that occurred today or yesterday at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, Va., they said.
FBI officials declined to name a potential weapon or the caliber of ammunition pending the investigation.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office Joint Task Force is handling the investigation. It includes the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, as well as county police departments from which the shootings occurred.
Anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person related to the shootings are asked to contact Crime Solvers at 1–866-411-TIPS/8477 or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637.
U.S. Department of Defense
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