Shots fired at Marine Corps museum
The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle took a bit of battle damage over the weekend, as an unknown assailant shot at least five bullets into upper level windows, according to Prince William County police.
Members of a cleaning crew on Sunday first mistook the damage to the building’s glass windows as bird droppings. Upon closer inspection they discovered that they were bullet holes, said Officer Jonathan Perok, a police spokesman.
Police arrived at 3:22 p.m. on Sunday and confirmed that someone had shot at the building.
The holes were very high up on the part of the building that faces Interstate 95 on the eastern end of Prince William County, police said. Police believe the shots were fired sometime overnight between Saturday and Sunday, causing about $20,000 of damage to the windows. No one was inside the building when the shots were fired.
Police used a crane Monday to reach the holes for further inspection, and they are working to determine what caliber bullet was used. Because of the height of the holes and the damage, police suspect the bullets were likely fired from a rifle.
The museum, located next to Marine Corps Base Quantico, can be seen from Interstate 95 and has a unique shape inspired by the Iwo Jima Memorial. The museum opened in November 2006 and has had nearly 2 million visitors, according to the museum’s website.
-- Josh White
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