Gunshots broke the silence around the Pentagon early this morning, Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Just before 5 am, shots were heard coming from the southern parking area, according to a Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer. Five to seven shots were heard, and two windows were hit on the third and fourth floors. The windows shattered, but the bullets didn’t breach the building.
Police shut down the entrances to the Pentagon for about 45 minutes, as well as parts of I-395, to look for suspects and evidence. Nothing seems to have turned up so far, but investigators are fairly certain the shots were fired from a high-powered rifle.
This is not the first time this has happened at the Pentagon. Earlier this year, an American man walked right up to the Pentagon and started shooting. He wounded two police officers before he was shot and killed.
Even though they are claiming the Pentagon shooting is a “random event”, police are investigating to see if there is a link between this and another shooting that took place Monday, October 18, 2010, at the Marine Corps museum next to Quantico base in Virginia. The shootings are only 30 miles apart.