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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/19/2010

Pentagon shot at, authorities investigate

By Washington Post editors

This post has been updated.

Authorities Tuesday searched for a gunman who fired shots at the Pentagon in the early morning hours, possibly using a high-powered rifle. No one was injured.

The shots were fired shortly before 5 a.m., shattering, but not penetrating, windows on the third and fourth floors, officials said. They also said the walls of the building may have been struck.

“Right now, we are considering this a random event,” said Pentagon Force Protection Agency director Steven E. Calvery. “We can only process what we have.”

Federal and local authorities spent the morning searching for evidence, closing the adjacent Interstate 395 for a brief time and combing through grassy areas. The FBI also was examining bullet fragments lodged in the windows.

Officials said they think a high-velocity rifle was used, but they were not certain. Two windows were hit, but officials do not know precisely how man shots were fired.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking the lead in the investigation, authorities said.

-- Christy Goodman and Maria Glod


11:31 a.m.

Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday, hitting the building and causing minor damage, defense officials said.

Police who protect the massive Defense Department headquarters temporarily locked down some road and pedestrian entrances to the building after a civilian reported he may have heard shots at about 5 a.m. on the south side of the facility.

A sweep of the area and facility found that some shots had hit the building, Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman said. He didn’t know how many or from what kind of weapon.

Roads and pedestrian entrances leading to the Pentagon were reopened a little after 5:30 a.m. but part of nearby highway 395 was later temporarily closed for part of the investigation.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is scheduled to hold a news conference 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to talk about the shooting incident this morning.


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Law enforcement officials search for evidence along I-395. (AP)

A dozen police also were seen at around 9 a.m. walking side-by-side in a line as they combed through a grassy area on the south side of the building.

Lapan said there were no injuries. In response to a question, he said he did not know whether there was any connection between Tuesday’s incident and Monday’s discovery of bullet holes in windows at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, some 30 miles south of the Pentagon.

A cleaning crew at the museum associated with the Quantico Marine Base called police when they noticed the bullet holes in windows high up in a part of the building that faces Interstate 95.

Police believe the shots were fired at the museum late Saturday or early Sunday, when no one was inside. Investigators used a crane to inspect the damage Monday. Because of the height of the holes, police suspect the bullets were likely fired from a rifle, but they are still working to determine what caliber of bullet was used.

Several glass panels were hit, causing about $20,000 in damage. None of the museum’s artifacts — including a harrier jet hanging near the damaged windows — were hit.

-- Associated Press


Two shots fired by unknown gunmen struck the Pentagon early Tuesday morning, NBC News reports.

According to Pentagon officials, the shots were fired about 4:50 a.m. on the south side of the building. Two bullets struck but failed to penetrate reinforced glass on one of the upper floor windows, NBC reports.

The FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Justice Department are now investigating.

Over the weekend the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle was hit by at least five bullets into upper level windows by an unknown assailant, 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.

Pentagon officials have scheduled a news conference this afternoon to discuss the shooting.

Pentagon search after report of shots
10:20 a.m.

Pentagon police continue to investigate a report of possible shots fired near the building Tuesday morning, WUSA 9 reports.

Chris Layman, spokesperson for Pentagon Police, said officers widened their search for evidence, shutting down the southbound lanes of I-395, including HOV lanes, starting at the Boundary Channel Drive exit.

Northbound lanes were also shut down while police investigated. All lanes have been reopened to traffic.

Pentagon locked down after report
7:08 a.m.

Pentagon entrances were locked down early Tuesday after a report of possible shots fired near the building.

Major Chris Perrine, a Pentagon spokesman, says a civilian reported he may have heard shots at about 5 a.m. EDT on the south side of the massive Defense Department headquarters.

Perrine says police authorities did a sweep of the area and didn't find anything.

The roads and pedestrian entrances leading to the Pentagon were reopened a little after 5:30.

--The Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 19, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
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Comments

They should send a Huey Cobra gunship with full armament to investigate and nip it in the bud.

Posted by: reesemichael | October 19, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

This is why they didn't build the Pentagon in PG county.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 19, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Apache gunship would be better; more mobile...and those Hydra 70's will tear that azzz out the frame...lol

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 19, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Getgiggly1 -

Silly boy, the Pentagon was built over 65 years ago. Except for Hyattsville and Riverdale, it was all corn and tobacco fields back then.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse


A former Marine on Chantix... I'll bet...

Posted by: demtse | October 19, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Or maybe some Teabagger scared that the Pentagon is going to be overrun by homosexuals, with the end of DADT.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 19, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Another jack-wagon off his meds, there's enough in both in political parties to share and compare.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | October 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The best way to settle down the anti-Pentagon sentiment in our nation is to end their beloved "wars" in Afghanistan and Iraq. Enough of these Pentagon ego wars.

If these Pentagon ego wars don't end, the "combat" generals won't even dare to walk even into the Pentagon metro station wearing their "combat" ribbons.

We, the American people, have had enough of their war lust.

Posted by: Ruhu | October 19, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

How stupid. I hope the shooter is reading this! Don't you realize that I-95 is one of the areas most covered traffic arteries involving the use of video cameras? Expect your place surrounded by armed federal agents soon as they knock at your door and haul you away!

Posted by: localgoober | October 19, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Is Glenn Beck accounted for?

Posted by: motogp46 | October 19, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs will blame the Mexicans just like when that stray hunter's bullet that hit the roof of his country estate...

Posted by: ozpunk | October 19, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"Is Glenn Beck accounted for?"

"Lou Dobbs will blame the Mexicans just like when that stray hunter's bullet that hit the roof of his country estate..."

While I like neither Beck nor Dobbs, is Joe "Rifleman" Manchin accounted for?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJORBRpOPM


Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | October 19, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Jihadis on the rampage again.

Posted by: shewholives | October 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

... cyberspace combination of physical events, infinity loop ...

Posted by: Aleksandar | October 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Its just the bigging of what is to come for all who ignored the many Americans. You reep what you sow in world of GREED!

Posted by: JWTX | October 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Law enforcement officials search for evidence along I-395."

One cop with a dog searching, eleven others just standing around chatting with each other.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if the shots could possible be from Muslims with their peaceful religion Islam?

Posted by: blowe09 | October 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Not a tea party person, nor a Marine but a home grown nut ball liberal is responsible for this. Don't believe me? Look it up online, he's a registered democrat.

Posted by: webfool | October 19, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Not a tea party person, nor a Marine but a home grown nut ball liberal is responsible for this. Don't believe me? Look it up online, he's a registered democrat.

Posted by: webfool | October 19, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

People with grudges and mental imbalances can get their hands on guns all too easily in this country... especially in VA.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

No doubt it was George Bush.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | October 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse


Some nut job trying to get his Jihad on.

Posted by: nuke41 | October 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Cheney missed again?

Posted by: Lizi | October 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

All those big,brave soldiers afraid of a few gun shots.There are more shots fired on the street in the NW every night than hit the pentagon.

Posted by: maxsgami | October 19, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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