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FBI Willing to Listen to Shooter Targeting Military Services

FBI Willing to Listen to Shooter Targeting Military Services

Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose reads from a notebook during a news conference on the sniper shootings, on Oct. 21, 2002, in Rockville, Md. [Victoria Arocho/AP]

Associated Press

November 04, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Investigators in Virginia are looking for the person behind five shootings in the past few weeks at the Pentagon and other military locations — all, they say, traced to the same weapon.

“We believe the suspect has a grievance surrounding the U.S. Marine Corps,” John Perren, who leads the FBI’s Washington field office, said at a press conference last week. “It may be that he feels he’s been wronged by the Corps in his professional and/or personal life.”

At times, Perren seemed to have only one listener in mind: the shooter himself.

“We’d like to know what this grievance is and what we can do to try help resolve it,” he said. “We’re willing to listen to him and hear his side of the story.”

Investigators are working from a psychological profile. Odds are the suspect is probably — but not definitely — a male, a current or former service member who has recently suffered a divorce, a job loss or some other setback.

The shootings occurred at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps Museum and recruiting sites. So far, the shooter has attacked at night or in the early morning hours when the buildings were mostly empty. No one’s been hurt.

The FBI wants to make sure it stays that way. They’re taking a careful approach in the case.

“We do not believe it is his intention to harm innocent citizens or Marines,” Perren said. “Acting out in this way, however, can eventually lead to disastrous or tragic consequences that we all wish to avoid.”

For many in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., law enforcement community, the shootings bring up bad memories.

Eight years ago, a pair of snipers killed 10 people in the area. Charles Moose, who was the Montgomery County, Md., police chief at the time, sometimes got criticized for talking too much about the investigation.

He fought through tears in 2002 on a day when the snipers shot a young boy as he arrived at school.

“Because here in the Washington metropolitan area, we have a level of fear that we’re not used to,” Moose said. “But today it went down to the children. Now all of our victims have been innocent, have been defenseless, but now we’re stepping over the line because our children don’t deserve this.”

Chuck Wexler is executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which advises police departments in big cities. He studied the sniper investigation and says there were a lot of different opinions among law enforcement officials about what information should go out.

Wexler said the FBI task force is now balancing the need to share information with the public against the need to keep some details secret to protect the investigation.

“The public can be incredibly important in knowing what to look for and identifying who’s responsible,” Wexler said.

Given the latest shooting this week, at a Coast Guard location, the FBI could use more help from the public.

For the time being, officials are going to be taking a closer look at military sites in the area just in case the late night shootings turn into something more serious.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    As said, this needs to be stopped before someone is hurt or killed.

  • Thinker_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The key point to remember is that while he/they may currently not have intentions to hurt or kill anyone, that could change at any moment and we could have another DC Sniper. All available resources and technology needs to be used to find this suspect(s) and stop these shootings before it escalates to another level...

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Whatever gets this guy to expose himself and be captured before he hurts/kills someone, is fine by me.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Even at night their are people present at these locations. I remember pumping gas from behind a very large tarp on one side to block the view in 1992 in Reston, Virginia. The public was in mass hysteria from the sniper(s). Let's talk how unfair life is to you and go from more shots.

  • Native_clip_art_4_049_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    FBI must be stumped.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Agreed Rhood.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    There ya go...

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    @ USNPS2850,
    What else would you expect...?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Robocop33 said: "The rank and file at the FBI are mostly really good guys. It is the leadership that is run by the politicians that are the problem."

    Generally speaking, you're right, but the Acting Asst. Director in Charge referenced in the artilce (John Perren) is one of the finest FBI managers in the FBI. Despite his high position, he's still as street savvy as any cop anywhere in the US. He spent nearly 15 years as a robbery detective with the Wash, DC PD before joining the he's an exception to the rule. True, it seems weird that the investigators are asking for the shootoer to "talk" with them, but if Perren is saying it, I have to trust there is a good reason. Don't forget, the Lee Malvo, the 2002 DC sniper, called the FBI, so it's not out of the realm of possibilities.

    Why the Charles Moose picture? No comment.

  • Koda_thanksgiving_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I dont like how they used the Sniper photograph regarding this or how they are comparing this with the sniper incident at this point. not a good omen

  • Somegiveall_max160_max160_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    some kid on crack cocaine can take out a five year old at 25 yards during a drive by at 20 mph. THIS PERSON IS SENDING A DESPERATE MESSAGE FOR HELP! PERIOD. he does not wish to hurt anyone on he would have done so...these are so many who need to speak and be heard, who have earned a right to be heard, who are confused, REMEMBER, WE DO NOW WALK IN THIS PERSONS SHOES...i do not condone harming anyone, we must learn, or at least try to, learn how to confront issues without taking it to the extremes.
    it just seems too easy for every one to pull a trigger.

  • Img1_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    How can someone disrespect could have killed someone, if you have a grudge against the the Marines or the Marien Musuem of History....settle it in a peaceful manner- talk to someone get some help not with flying bullets. Go inside experience the history and education the Museum has to offcer- educate yourself to be a positive influence not a negative attraction for the media.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He must not feel the need to kill in order to fullfill whatever his issue is. Whats the point? That we should be more careful or protective of our military stations? You cant make sense of senseless violence, it happens then we react to it. This isint the movies, we dont have no "Precog" system that tells us whos going to do what and when so we can stop it before it happens.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    By all means talk to him...just long enough to get HRT snipers into position!

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    If they talk will be far into the future.....Old fashion hunting in progress.

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