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Pentagon, Marine Corps museum shots linked

Washington Post Editors

The FBI on Tuesday opened an investigation into three unexplained shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia over the past 10 days.

The first shooting, which broke upper-level windows at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle just off of Interstate 95, happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 17. The second shooting, at the Pentagon, was reported at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the area of the south parking lot, which faces I-395. The FBI announced Tuesday afternoon that those two shootings have been linked to the same weapon.


Searching after the Pentagon shooting. (AP)

A third shooting, which apparently happened overnight Monday into Tuesday, targeted the Marine Corps Recruiting Station at 13881 MetroTech Drive in Chantilly. Authorities believe this shooting could be related to the other two, but they are awaiting ballistics tests on bullets from the most recent attack.

In a press release, Fairfax County Police said an employee at the recruiting station contacted police Tuesday morning after finding two apparent bullet holes in an office window and another in an adjacent businses. The incident likely took place between 8:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Authorities have not yet released any other information about the type of weapon possibly used or the caliber of the ammunition due to the ongoing investigation. It is unclear what motive the shooter might have, but all three locations are closely tied to the nation's armed forces and two of them are specifically Marine Corps-related facilities.

The FBI is working with the Fairfax and Prince William county police departments as well as the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

They ask anyone with information about the shootings to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Josh White

By Washington Post Editors  | October 26, 2010; 5:47 PM ET
Categories:  Alexandria, Fairfax, Josh White, Pr. William, Updates  
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"A third shooting, which took place overnight on Oct. 25 or 26"

As in last night.

Gather round folks, the show's about to begin.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The NRA needs to stop this sort of intrusive investigation! The FBI just wants to take our guns and tax us! It's Obama! He's a muslim marxist!

Posted by: fmamstyle | October 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, I he's not drivin' a white van.

Plus, what's he got against buildings, anyways

Posted by: delantero | October 26, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Unless the shooter sends the FBI a confession with address, photo, a ballistic sample, then follows up over a period of six months, the FBI will never catch the perp. Signed affidavits from witnesses may help but I doubt it. Hey, great job on the anthrax case and 9/11. Keep up the substandard work you FBIers.

Posted by: Agarbeau1 | October 26, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Unless the shooter sends the FBI a confession with address, photo, a ballistic sample, then follows up over a period of six months, the FBI will never catch the perp. Signed affidavits from witnesses may help but I doubt it. Hey, great job on the anthrax case and 9/11. Keep up the substandard work you FBIers.

Posted by: Agarbeau1 | October 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

He's shooting at cans!

Posted by: MyPostYourPostLetsCallTheWholeThingOff | October 26, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The NRA has always told us that guns don't kill people; people kill people. So does that mean in this case that guns don't shoot builings; buildings shoot buildings?

Posted by: dre7861 | October 26, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Raise your hand if your thought was that this was a protest against the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Raise your hand if your thought was that this was a war protest action.

Raise your hand if your thought was that this was the work of a disaffected Muslim.

Raise your hand if your thought was that some disturbed individual with unfathomable motivations was shooting at buildings.

If your hand went up and your impulse is to dismiss the other three presented possibilities, you need to spend less time reinforcing your confirmation bias and more time engaging in critical thinking.

Posted by: washpost18 | October 26, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"He's shooting at the cans" that is freaking funny! I spit my drink out when i read that!

Posted by: shoreterp1 | October 26, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

He's probably been unemployed for 99 weeks now. Who has the time to drive around and shoot at random crap, especially at 5 in the morning? What a loser.

Posted by: kevin55 | October 26, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

the shooter appears to 1) be familiar with the areas, 2) have a bone to pick with the military, and 3) be very, very reckless. those around him might see signs that he has gone over the edge. someone knows something. why no mention of a reward? is this another example of failing to connect the dots?

Posted by: good1 | October 26, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I feel that if the leaders of America and the rest of the world around us continue at the rate things are going, by the year 2012 the world as we know it will fall away leaving in its wake much deep despere. We will have become a fallen nation.

Posted by: charitycrawford2010 | October 27, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

I feel that if the leaders of America and the rest of the world around us continue at the rate things are going, by the year 2012 the world as we know it will fall away leaving in its wake much deep despere. We will have become a fallen nation.
So many people seem all to often to, easily forget such saying's as (To the People, For the People, By the People") or (Together We Stand, Devided We FALL") We forget the old biblical teachings such as (Ask and you shell receive)(Faith can make anything happen)

Posted by: charitycrawford2010 | October 27, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Thanks SO much for giving whoever it is this information. Whatever possessed you to do that?

Posted by: SickofDick | October 27, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the original comment that I commented at 8:35/8:38 on was removed...sorry to subsequent posters if they wonder why I said what I did...good for the Post for removing the original comment.....

Posted by: SickofDick | October 27, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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