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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 11/15/2010

FBI offers reward for tips on Pentagon sniper

By Jeff Stein

The FBI posted a $20,000 reward Monday for tips on whoever has been shooting at the Pentagon and other military targets in the Washington, DC. area.

"We are following every lead that comes in and continue to call for the assistance of the public in helping us identify the person or persons responsible," John G. Perren, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office said in an announcement. "We are confident that someone out there has additional information that will be helpful to this investigation."

There have been five incidents, beginning with shots fired on the Marine Corps museum near Quantico on the night of Oct. 16-17, police believe. Days later six shots were also fired on the Pentagon. Next, shots were fired on recruiting offices of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, respectively, in suburban Virginia.

No casualties have been reported, and authorities believe the person or persons responsible have deliberately fired at night to minimize the chance that anyone would be hurt. The same weapon was used in every attack, the FBI said.

In asking for the public's help, the FBI noted that the shooter(s) "may have had to provide an explanation or excuse to justify the absence from home or work" and "may have experienced a significant personal crisis within the past several months, such as the loss of job, divorce or financial hardship."

Former FBI agent Brad Garrett told SpyTalk on Nov. 2 that solving the case "largely boils down to someone coming forward and giving law enforcement a piece of information that leads to the shooter before this escalates, if in fact it does. It may not."

"They call you and say, 'I'm concerned about the guy who lives next door, my uncle,' or whomever it might be. You follow up and find out who the guy is," said Garrett, who worked on some of the area's biggest cases, including the Beltway Sniper shootings and Chandra Levy murder.

He predicted that ballistic evidence collected at the scene would probably not help investigators much. Getting "lucky with unique ballistics ... [is] a real long shot," said Garrett, who was also lead investigator into the murder of CIA employees waiting in traffic outside the agency's front gate in 1993.

"The shooter or the shooters clearly want to draw attention to the military installations," he said, which poses the question of whether it's "a bereaved person who lost someone in the current conflicts, or is an angry serviceperson who had difficulties in the military, got hurt in the military or is it someone who couldn't get into the military. It could be any of those."

"Clearly they don't want to hurt anybody, they just want to draw attention," he added. "You always worry about escalation, and there was some concern during the military marathon" that there would be an attack.

The FBI asked anyone with information to call its Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or e-mail WashingtonField@ic.fbi.gov. 


All information will be kept strictly confidential, it said.

The order of the attacks was erroneously reported at first and has been corrected.

By Jeff Stein  | November 15, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
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Comments

Perhaps I'm naive, but couldn't (shouldn't) it be a requirement for every gun sold that there be a ballistics record? Yes, I realize that relatively few weapons might be used in crimes, but wouldn't it a minor inconvenience and provide information should it ever be needed? I mean people are willing to take off their shoes and face full body scans despite little chance they're doing anything wrong? What freedom would be given up by running ballistics checks on all guns sold?

Of course I also think that buys should demonstrate the ability to use a safety and tear down/put together guns, as well as demonstrate user knowledge on a range, but I know how far that will get.

Posted by: Dungarees | November 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

if and when caught will this thing suffer the same fate as muhammed and moron that murdered people in the area previously? free lodging,food,medical,cable,tp,legal,fitness,and perhaps conjugal privilages paid for by the taxpayer? hook em.book em,try em and fry em.

Posted by: pofinpa | November 15, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


It appears that the sniper knows the Northern Virginia area and that he or she may have been here during the 2002 Washington Area Sniper attacks.

Washington has long had sniper problems. There was the Shotgun Killer of 1992, the I-95 Shooter of 1992, and the unexplained highway shootings in Spring/Summer of 1996 that ended with the shooting at a bus stop in Maryland.

Once when I was a kid, they wouldn't let us play outside a perfectly good spring day without explanation. Then during the 2002 sniper attacks, they kept all the school children inside, and I finally understood why they kept us indoors decades ago.

I wonder how many times the Pentagon has been shot with civilian weapons without it being reported in the newsmedia.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ballistics checks on firearms would triple the cost of most pistols. Another political agent taking shots here.

Posted by: spk202 | November 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the sniper knows the Northern Virginia area and that he or she may have been here during the 2002 Washington Area Sniper attacks.

Washington has long had sniper problems. There was the Shotgun Killer of 1992, the I-95 Shooter of 1992, and the unexplained highway shootings in Spring/Summer of 1996 that ended with the shooting at a bus stop in Maryland.

Once when I was a kid, they wouldn't let us play outside a perfectly good spring day without explanation. Then during the 2002 sniper attacks, they kept all the school children inside, and I finally understood why they kept us indoors decades ago.

I wonder how many times the Pentagon has been shot with civilian weapons without it being reported in the newsmedia.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Question this one: they tried to say I was the shooter back then. Ken Olden told the FBI. I wonder whose staff your on democrat intel operative.

Posted by: spk202 | November 15, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

You can always call me in to investigate. I've never had a full police interview. Never. Never. Never. You can try to pin whatever you want on me. 4 felonies no prison time. Go figure. King

Posted by: spk202 | November 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"on whomever has been shooting..."

Whom has been editing this article?

Posted by: carlaclaws | November 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

According to Merriam-Webster, a sniper is one who shoots at exposed individuals (as of an enemy's forces) from a usually concealed point of vantage.

This person is a lot of things, but (s)he is no sniper.

Posted by: Dawny_Chambers | November 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The shootings DID NOT begin with 16/17 shots on the Pentagon.

As reported by the WaPo the first shooting was at Quantico, several days BEFORE shots were fired on the Pentagon.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/maria-glod/links-between-pentagon-and-qua.html

Posted by: shadow27 | November 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks for pointing out the error. It has been corrected.-js

Posted by: Jeff Stein | November 15, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

We is. This correction, too, alas, will be made. Many thx. :-(

Posted by: Jeff Stein | November 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Us'ns thanks you, Mr. Stein.

Posted by: carlaclaws | November 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Great vocab and grammar lessons.

As for the shooter(s), talk to the police in Salinas, California.

They have the same sort of problem except not with buildings getting shot. But they have mystery shooters killing teenagers and twenty-somethings for years...no suspects, no information, very few of the murders ever solved.

Humdinger of a mystery.

Posted by: inono | November 15, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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