Friday news roundup
Pentagon shooting. Here's a brief summary of the latest news on Thursday's night shooting at the Pentagon. Be sure to check our live blog throughout the day for the most up-to-date developments.
Law enforcement authorities have identified the gunman as John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., about 70 miles south of San Francisco. The Associated Press reports that Bedell, who died last night at George Washington University Hospital from wounds to the head, apparentlyleft behind online writings in which he railed against the government and voiced suspicion of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. At an early morning news conference on Friday, officials said that Bedell acted alone and has no terrorist ties.
The two Pentagon Force Protection Agency officers who were wounded have been identified as Jeffery Amos, who served in the Air Force and Marvin Carraway, a former Marine. Both had been with the Pentagon force for about a year. Their wounds were not considered serious. Both men wore protective vests.
The shooting, which lasted less the a minute, occurred toward the end of Thursday's rush hour at about 6:40 p.m. at a building entrance near the Metro station. Bedell, dressed in a business suit, apparently approached the officers and reached into his pocket. Richard S. Keevill, chief of the Pentagon force, said officers believed he was reaching for his ID. Instead, Bedell pulled out a gun and began shooting.
Authorities said the suspected gunman carried two 9mm semiautomatic weapons and "many magazines" of ammunition. Bedell apparently had spent weeks driving to the D.C. area from California. A man who identified himself as John Bedell answered a call placed to a home in Hollister and said he had a 36-year-old son named John Patrick Bedell "who is in the Washington area." But then he said, "I'm sorry, I can't talk about this," and hung up.
The Pentagon Metro station and transit center will remain closed Friday while the investigation continues. Here are some tips for navigating around the closure. WJLA also has a story about commuters who were stranded following Thursday night's station closure.
Stay tuned for more updates to this story throughout the day.
A few other headlines:
Myriad safety issues at Metro. On the same day Metro officials hired a new interim general manager, a new report from the Federal Transit Administration has identified pervasive flaws in rail safety at Metro and severe inadequacies in the agency responsible for overseeing the transit agency. The report says Metro has no process to ensure that safety problems are identified in a timely fashion and that top leaders don't receive regular reports about safety issues. Investigators also found the safety office has been marginalized within the agency and lacks access to key data about subway operations. (Post). Also, coverage from the Examiner and the Baltimore Sun
Metro's new boss. It's clear that Richard Sarles will have his work cut out for him as the new interim head of the troubled transit agency. But the former chief of the New Jersey Transit system says he is ready. In a news conference following his appointment yesterday, Sarles said he will not be a candidate for the permanent general manager's job. Also, the Washington Business Journal, WAMU
Post-victory arrests at UMd. A total of 28 people have been arrested and could face suspension or expulsion after an "unruly" celebration after the Terps beat Duke in basketball. (Post)
Rent control in Montgomery? A tenant advocacy group says Montgomery County officials should consider passingstronger rent-control laws to help protect residents who are being squeezed out by high rents in one of the area's most expensive counties. (Post)
In short: The D.C. police officer who pulled out a gun at a snowball fight last month won't be fired. (NBC 4); a Marine suspected in the abduction and rape of a Virginia woman is now
being looked at as a suspect in two other assaults. (WJLA); Alexandria may be a potential test city for Google Fiber (the Examiner).
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