FBI Opens Investigation into Pentagon, Marine Site Shootings

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
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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