Shots were fired at and hit the Pentagon this morning.
The building was temporarily locked down. Pentagon police officers heard about four or five gunshots around 4:55 am fired near the south parking lot of the sprawling Defense Department headquarters. No one has been arrested.
The AP reported:
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.
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…Probably just a tea partier?
Police are investigating whether the incident is linked to the museum shooting on Sunday.
Inside Nova reported:
Police are investigating whether shots fired at the Pentagon early this morning could be related to a similar incident at the Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.
Someone fired several shots at the museum early Sunday, shattering part of the glass roof, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. He said his department is working with military police and Pentagon officials to determine if the incident is related.
No one was in the museum at the time. The damage is estimated to be about $20,000. The bullet holes were in the part of the building facing Interstate 95, Perok said.