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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Va. Coast Guard office fired upon

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

At least one gunshot was fired at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Northern Virginia overnight, and investigators from the FBI and Prince William County were trying to learn Tuesday morning whether the shooting was related to a recent series of shots fired into U.S. Marine facilities.

No injuries were reported.

The shot or shots were fired either late Monday or early Tuesday, hit a window, and were discovered Tuesday morning at the center at 2721 Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge, said First Sgt. Kim Chinn, spokeswoman for Prince William police.

"We don't know if it's related to the others until we get ballistics results," Chinn said Tuesday morning.

Chinn said she didn't know how many bullets hit the building or if they went through a window.

-- Dan Morse

Report: Shots fired at Va. Coast Guard office
10:00 a.m.
Shots have been fired into a Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge, according to Fox 5.

It's unclear when the shots were fired, but officials are said to be at the scene.

Shots have been fired at three U.S. military sites in Northern Virginia in recent weeks. The spree of shootings began the night of Oct. 16 or into the next morning when bullets were fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle. In the following days, ballistics evidence has shown, the same weapon was used to shoot at the Pentagon and an unoccupied Marine Corps recruiting center in Chantilly. In each case, windows were struck.

The museum again was targeted overnight Thursday. The most recent incident had not been conclusively linked to the other three by forensic evidence, but authorities think it is the work of the same person or people.

Officials said they believe the shooter may be a Marine or someone with a grievance against the U.S. Marine Corps.

By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Comments

Seems that it is not only the governor and the attorney general in Virginia that don't like the Federal government.
Why don't we just shut down Fed presence in that state? I'm sure that Maryland could find room for more Federal agencies...

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 2, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

He hates those buildings! He's shooting at the buildings!

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | November 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This incident is yet another reason for implementing a strict ban on the possession of any type of firearm in private hands. Every home and place of business should be searched for them, and any type of gun should be confiscated. Anyone outside of law enforcement and the military caught with a gun should be imprisoned for life without parole. If people protest such measures, then the president should suspend the Constitution and dissolve Congress.

Posted by: txpenguin | November 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

This wouldn't happen if the buildings were allowed to exercise their rights to bear arms. Mount some bad-boy automatic weapon on all federal buildings and let them shoot back in self defense.

I'm sure the Supreme Court would uphold this as a constitutional right.

Posted by: HillRat | November 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It would appear that this shotting incident, if related to the others, is designed to throw all the "expert" retired FBI behavioral profilers out of sync. I remember all of them saying the shooter hated the Marine Corps, even though the Pentagon represents all the military services. The Coast Guard falls under Homeland Security. I can wait to see what the profilers come up with this time, IF the shooting are related. The shooter could also change weapons now that the media knows the other shootings used the same gun.

Posted by: Factfinder57 | November 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

It would appear that this shotting incident, if related to the others, is designed to throw all the "expert" retired FBI behavioral profilers out of sync. I remember all of them saying the shooter hated the Marine Corps, even though the Pentagon represents all the military services. The Coast Guard falls under Homeland Security. I can wait to see what the profilers come up with this time, IF the shooting are related. The shooter could also change weapons now that the media knows the other shootings used the same gun.

Posted by: Factfinder57 | November 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

What's bothering Kim Chinn? She was very abrupt in her responses on WTOP.

Posted by: JohnRice | November 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The real shame about this is that there aren't any crooked, elitist, self serving politicians in any of those buildings.
We could do without a couple of thousand of them.

Posted by: JimW2 | November 2, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to laugh when the guy is some crazed architecture student that despises the design of government buildings.

Posted by: nonvoter | November 2, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

@HillRat

Well lets see... Supreme court ruled that corporations have first amendment rights... I'd think if a corporation owns a building, mounting automatic guns on the roof would be the only way corporations could also exercise their 2nd amendment rights.

Posted by: AJohn1 | November 2, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

c'mon, who else has noticed that Coast Guard Recuiting Center? I just noticed it last week when I walked by it in the morning from the overflow slug lot. the dude leaves somewhere in the county. coast guard? haha

Posted by: beaupre33 | November 2, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Based on our laws the constitution and the NRA, this shooter is exercising his constitutional right to have a weapon and use it as he sees fit. Those gov buildings probably threatened his family.

Posted by: bestowens | November 2, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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