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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shooting outside Pentagon station update. Suspect identified

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AP sources: Suspect in Pentagon shooting identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, US

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Law enforcement officials say they've got one person in custody and are investigating whether a second was involved in a shooting at the Pentagon subway entrance.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still unfolding.
They say there's no immediate signs of terrorism but, with information coming in quickly, they haven't ruled anything out.
Two police officers were shot and sustained grazing wounds. The suspect was also shot. His injuries were described as "pretty critical."
Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation, said authorities were also scrutinizing a second man who may have accompanied the shooting suspect.
Two of the officials said investigators had not yet determined whether that second man had any involvement in the attack. (Source)

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A gunman opened fire at the teeming subway entrance to the Pentagon military headquarters complex Thursday evening, wounding two military police officers before being shot, a spokesman said.

Authorities said all three were taken to a hospital. Chris Layman, a spokesman for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said the two officers and gunman were not thought to have life-threatening injuries although the suspect's wounds were more serious than the officers.

The suspect walked up to the entrance at 6:40 p.m. (2340 GMT) and opened fire. He hit two officers. The officers fired back, and the suspect was struck.

The rush-hour assault happened outside a massively fortified building that nevertheless is near busy crowds of transit riders.

The subway station is immediately next to the Pentagon building. Since a redesign following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the Pentagon, riders can no longer disembark directly into the building. Riders take a long escalator ride to the surface from the underground station, then pass through a security check outside the doors of the building, where further security awaits.

In the immediate aftermath, all Pentagon entrances were secured, then all were reopened except one from the subway, said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

A Pentagon official working late in the building said people inside first heard of the shooting on television. They were later told the building was locked down and to stay in place. The huge five-sided building is crisscrossed by 10 main corridors.

Then at around 7:30 p.m. they heard an announcement on the public address system that they could leave through Corridor 3 — one widely used to get access to one of the parking lots.

"We really don't know anything, just that we can leave now through that corridor," one official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the incident. (USA TODAY)

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