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Gunman Shoots 2 Officers at Pentagon Metro Station


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Two victims were Pentagon Police Officers

Police activity outside the Pentagon Metro station on Thursday, March 4. 2010 where there was a shooting.Police activity outside the Pentagon Metro station where there was a shooting. (Photo credit ArlNow.com)

UPDATE 10:03pm EST
“Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as John Patrick Bedell, 36. They also said they were investigating whether a second person was somehow involved. No further information was available.”



Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevill speaks with reporters about a shooting at the Pentagon in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2010. A gunman coolly drew a weapon from his pocket and opened fire at the teeming subway entrance to the Pentagon complex, wounding two police officers before being shot and critically wounded, officials said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Updated: Thursday, 04 Mar 2010, 8:55 PM EST
ARLINGTON, Va. – Two Pentagon Police officers were hurt when a gunman opened fire at the entrance to the Pentagon Metro station on Thursday evening. The suspect, who was the third victim, was in custody.

Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevill said Thursday night that the alleged gunman walked up to the Pentagon prescreen area at the Pentagon Metro entrance facility at around 6:40 p.m. and when he was asked to show his pass to officers, he reached into his pocket and pulled a gun. Then, Chief Keevill said, he immediately started shooting at the officers.

Chief Keevill said the alleged gunman didn’t say anything and showed no emotion before he started firing. He used a handgun that he pulled from his pocket.

Chief Keevill said the suspect hit two officers, and fire was returned. The suspect was then hit, and his injuries were critical, according to Chief Keevill. The officers’ injuries were non-life threatening.

All of the injured including the suspect were taken to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

The names of those involved were not immediately released.

“We have layers of security, and it worked,” said Chief Keevill. “He never got inside the building to hurt anyone.”

Chief Keevill also said a shooting of this kind has never happened at the Pentagon before now.

In this image from video provided by WJLA-TV, a person on a stretcher is loaded into an ambulance outside the Pentagon Metro Station Thursday, March 4, 2010, in Washington. A gunman opened fire at the subway entrance to Pentagon complex Thursday evening, wounding two Pentagon police officers, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)


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2nd person scrutinized in Pentagon subway shooting

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Mar 4, 9:22 PM ESTAP~WASHINGTON~Law enforcement officials say they’ve got one person in custody and are investigating whether a second was involved in a shooting at 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 critically wounded in the shooting.


Published : Thursday, 04 Mar 2010, 7:09 PM EST
ARLINGTON, Va. – Three people have been injured when a gunman opened fire at the entrance to the Pentagon Metro station on Thursday evening, and two of the victims are Pentagon Police officers.

The officers who were injured were taken to George Washington University Hospital’s emergency room. The suspect was among the shooting victims, and he was also taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening, according to a Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman.

The Pentagon Metro station, which serves both the Blue and Yellow lines for the transit system, was closed for a time after the shooting, which happened around 6:40 p.m. By 8 p.m., the Metro station had been reopened, with the exception of one entrance near the scene.

The Pentagon was also locked down for a time during the investigation.

According to Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman, the suspect walked up to the main entrance of the Pentagon at 6:40 p.m. and opened fire, hitting two officers. The officers fired back and hit the suspect, whose injuries were said to be more serious.

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