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3rd shooting at military building linked

Maria Glod

Authorities have linked a shooting this week at a vacant Marine Corps recruiting office in Fairfax County to two other recent attacks on U.S. military buildings in Northern Virginia.

FBI officials said Thursday that ballistics tests linked bullets found at the recruiting office Oct. 26 with those recovered last week at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.

In all three instances, the shootings occurred overnight or in the early morning hours. The shooting at the museum was discovered Oct. 17, and shots were fired at the Pentagon Oct. 19.

Law enforcement officials declined to discuss the type of weapon used in the shootings or the caliber of ammunition, but they have said previously that they believe the rounds were fired using a high-velocity rifle.

-- -- Maria Glod and Josh White

By Maria Glod  | October 28, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
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Why all this activity involving Northern Virgina? We just had someone arrested for threatening to bomb Metro. He lived in Northern Virgina. Now these shootings. Is there someone at work radicalizing young people in Northern Virginia? I think there's a connection here.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | October 28, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

It's the Talibaggers, edwardallen54.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 28, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Reporters always talk about "high-powered rifles," or in this case, a "high-velocity rifle." It wouldn't be much of a rifle if it didn't make a bullet travel at high velocity. And even a .22 rifle is high-powered enough to be deadly.

Posted by: bokamba | October 28, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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