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Shots Hit Pentagon, Building Locked Down Briefly

Shots Hit Pentagon, Building Locked Down Briefly

Officers from the Pentagon Police search for evidence along the I-395 expressway adjacent to the Pentagon, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. (AP)

AP via YellowBrix

October 19, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.

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, Va., 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.

Lapan said this was the first incident of its kind since early March, when a gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint into the Pentagon in a point-blank attack that wounded two police officers.

The shooter, identified as John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., was shot by police and died hours after being admitted to a hospital in critical condition. Authorities had no motive for the shooting, but there had been signs that Bedell may have harbored resentment for hte military and had doubts about the facts behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    I BUMPBrooklynHillsCop

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11354 Comments

    There are international and home grown terrorists and terror cells living amongst us across country. If someone woudl be bold enough to shoot at the Pentagon not to mention the Marine memorial the day before, imagine what they could do in our local communities. Look at what happend at that California polic estation a few months back. We all need to work together and watch each others backs...

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    Protector_In_Blue

    almost 4 years ago

    238 Comments

    Lets put it this way..I work at Quantico and we just received information about terror networking getting high, pretty much the terrorists are asking "wanna-be" american terrorist to attack government buildings and to shoot into restaurants and highly populated buildings during lunch times to gain high casualties. Not to mention running them down on side walks. Dont know if its related, but its gotta make you wonder.

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    mmcintyre

    almost 4 years ago

    124 Comments

    WOW... I guess well wait and see if something much bigger happens.

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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Lot of possibilities

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Gotta rate this crap down, that's all.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Firing a rifle under cover of darkness from a distance is definitely the cowards way to hit and run. I suspect the shooter will return.

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    revcarey70

    almost 4 years ago

    234 Comments

    I wonder if some psycho is testing security response systems for a future attack.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50458 Comments

    Hope they catch who ever responsible for these shooting are caught fast.

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    bstites

    almost 4 years ago

    1028 Comments

    That goodness the only person hurt or dead is dirtbag...

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    alex11991

    almost 4 years ago

    1978 Comments

    People can be stupid and dumb.

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    alex11991

    almost 4 years ago

    1978 Comments

    People can be stupid and dumb.

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