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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 10/29/2010

More shots fired at Marine museum

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

FBI officials said that sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday several rounds were fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County.

This is the second time the facility has been targeted this month.

During a news briefing Friday, officials said they do not have information that the two shootings are related, but they are working to confirm.

The new investigation comes a day after authorities, citing ballistics testing, announced that that the same gun was used to fire shots at the museum Oct. 17, the Pentagon on Oct. 19 and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly this week.

Officials said they may be looking for someone who has a grievance with the Marine Corps or someone who may have experienced a crisis in the last several months. Authorities pointed out that the suspect or suspects have apparently attempted to avoid casualties, firing upon the buildings when they were closed.


10:19 a.m.
Authorities confirmed Friday that shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County.

This is the second time the facility has been targeted this month.

The building was closed when an unknown number of shots were fired, according to Prince William County Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Chinn. No one was injured.

Museum employees arrived Friday about 6 a.m. to find several new bullet holes in a glass window in the same area where previous holes were found, said museum spokeswoman Gwenn Adams.

Investigators were still on the scene Friday morning, according to Officer Jonathan Perok, a county police spokesman.

The new investigation comes a day after authorities, citing ballistics testing, announced that that the same gun was used to fire shots at the museum Oct. 17, the Pentagon on Oct. 19 and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly this week.

No one was injured in any of the confirmed shootings.

At the moment, the new investigation at the museum is being handled by Prince William police, but FBI agents are en route to Triangle to pick up "some evidence of something that happened" overnight, FBI spokeswoman Katherine Schweit said Friday morning. She said could not specify what the evidence is.

The museum is closed for the day. Not even employees are being allowed in the parking lot.

Adams said the plan is for the museum to open Saturday at 9 a.m.

-- Paul Duggan and Maria Glod


Museum employees arrived at 6 a,m, found several new bullet holes in the glass in the same area where the previous holes were found.

Officials plan to open sat at 9 as usual.

Not even employees being allowed in the parking lot.

Gwenn Adams, spokeswoman for the museum


9:31 a.m.
Authorities confirm that shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County.

This is the second time the facility has been targeted this month.

The building was closed when an unknown number of shots were fired, according to Prince William County Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Chinn. No one was injured.

Investigators were still on the scene Friday morning, according to Officer Jonathan Perok, a county police spokesman.

The new investigation comes a day after authorities, citing ballistics testing, announced that that the same gun was used to fire shots at the museum Oct. 17, the Pentagon on Oct. 19 and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly this week.

No one was injured in any of the confirmed shootings.

At the moment, the new investigation at the museum is being handled by Prince William police, but FBI agents are en route to Triangle to pick up "some evidence of something that happened" overnight, FBI spokeswoman Katherine Schweit said Friday morning. She said could not specify what the evidence is.

-- Paul Duggan and Maria Glod

9:10 a.m.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that more shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County, but have not confirmed any gunfire, police said Friday morning.

Officer John Perok, a county police spokesman, said investigators have descended on the museum, in Triangle, but "we haven't determined if it was shots. Once we have information to put out, we will."

The new investigation comes a day after authorities, citing ballistics testing, announced that the same gun was used to fire shots at the museum Oct. 17, the Pentagon on Oct. 19 and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly this week. No one was injured in the shootings.

-- Paul Duggan

9:02 a.m.
Authorities are investigating a report that more shots were fired at the Marine Corps Museum overnight.

Stay with Postlocal.com as this story develops.

By Washington Post editors  | October 29, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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