The FBI said on Thursday that it has linked a shooting at a Marine Corps recruiting station in a Virginia suburb outside the U.S. capital to two other shootings at the Pentagon and a Marine Corps museum.The annual Marine Corps Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, October 31. Security will be tight.
"A shooting at a military-related facility in Chantilly, Va., has been linked to two earlier shootings at similar facilities, laboratory tests show," the FBI said in a statement, adding that it would not release more details.
Investigators believe a high-powered rifle was used to fire up to seven shots at the Pentagon, shattering two windows, on October 19. The FBI said it had linked that shooting to another two days earlier at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Triangle, Virginia, 36 miles south of Washington....
In fact, certain people, I'm not sure who, have been bragging on our local television news that the marathon cannot possibly be sniped upon because of the extra security.
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Several shots were fired at a Marine Corps museum near Washington overnight, police said on Friday, in the latest of a series of shootings at military buildings around the U.S. capital. No one was injured.
The FBI already linked a previous October shooting at the museum in Virginia to two other area shootings, one at a Marine Corps recruiting station in a different Virginia suburb and the other at the Pentagon.
In the October 19 Pentagon shooting, investigators believe a high-velocity rifle was used to shatter two exterior windows. No one has been injured in any of the incidents.
The Pentagon has said it is tightening security for Sunday's Marine Corps marathon after the latest shooting.
Unlike the Washington, D.C., sniper shootings of October 2002, in which a sniper shot and killed 10 people and terrified the Washington area, this gunman appears to be targeting military buildings, not people. All the incidents occurred overnight or during off-peak hours.
The Pentagon was a target of the September 11, 2001, attacks. In March, a gunman shot and wounded two security officers near a Pentagon entrance, and was killed in the process.