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2nd museum shooting conclusively linked

Ballistics evidence has conclusively linked a shooting last week at a museum near Quantico with three earlier shootings at military sites in Northern Virginia, authorities said Tuesday.

Investigators had suspected that the Thursday night shooting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, the second at the site in a two-week period, was the work of the same shooter or shooters.

Prince William Police Sgt. Kim Chinn on Tuesday said ballistics tests concluded the same weapon was used in all four shootings.

So far, the shooter has targeted the museum, the Pentagon and a U.S. Marine recruiting station in Chantilly. Authorities also are investigating whether an overnight shooting at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Prince William County is part of the same spree.

A shot or shots were fired either late Monday or early Tuesday at the center at 2721 Potomac Mills Circle, police said.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | November 2, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod, Updates, Virginia  
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