October 19th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Shots fired at Pentagon


Shots were fired at the Pentagon early Tuesday, authorities said, striking a window of the building.

Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman said it's not known who fired the shots. Pentagon police officers heard at least five shots around 4:50 a.m., Layman added.

According to another Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman, Terry Sutherland, two bullets hit the Pentagon on the south side of the building - one striking a window and the other hitting the building itself.  This is an unoccupied part of the building that is being renovated.

Sutherland said a fragment of one of the bullets is lodged in the window.

The windows, which are bullet-proof, did not shatter.

Officials will hold a news conference about the incident at 11:30 a.m. at the Pentagon.

Police are investigating.


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  1. John Graham

    As an African American father of a son, I am extremely disappointed in CNN’s
    choosing to sparingly report on the traumatic and griping story where two African American college students while attending Pace University on the Pleasantville campus were shot by police officers with one fatally shot. Up until now my family religiously relied on CNN for our national news and events that affect our country, states, cities, communities and our families. I was completely set back when their was little reported about how and why those two African American college students came to be shot by those who suppose to protect us.
    As bad as I want to believe that race had nothing to do with CNN choosing to poorly cover the police shooting of two unarmed college students on the college campus, I can only wonder if the situation had be reversed and the students where white and the officers were black would CNN choose to take an unconcern reporting approach of something that appear to be senseless act of police overaggressive force. I wonder if CNN would have eared on the side of caution had those boys had been sons of anyone of CNN hosts relatives or their own children. I think not. To proclaim that you are fair and balance yet omit race news when its uncomfortable to report because it may say something about the race who’s report it is not fair or balance. This country will not change for Blacks or those of lesser means unless those in control and with means choose to confront those things that are racially uncomfortable, but have the distain of the appearance of wrong. By far, African Americans are at the mercy of the media, predominately controlled by White Americans, to affect change in the racial divide. By choosing not to cover what happen to those Black students, only continue the injustice of racial brutality, decorated as justifiable reasonable force, even with the loss of Black life.
    As most of the CNN team, I have children that will one day attend college away from home, but unlike most of CNN host my son will face a real threat of a racial injustice, that could result in his death.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • tl;dr

      Translation: "CNN should do more reports on unimportant black people to make them feel more important instead of reporting on seriously issues of mysterious people (aka muslims) shooting at the pentagon. Black Power"

      October 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • wow

      Didn't realize they still let jungle bunnies on the internet nowadays.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyT

      It's spelled KFC, not CNN. You're in the wrong place.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcus W

      While I agree that the lack of any real coverage is scandalous and disgusting, I doubt that this lack is racially motivated.
      I can only hope that all children can be safe, regardless of their looks or what kinds of resources are available to them and their families.
      By assuming, without proof I may add, that "White" Americans control our media, you ruin your credibility and sound like someone who is racially motivated instead of motivated by other means.
      Everything is NOT about "race". The world does not revolve around it, nor does the media revolve around it.
      Your narrow-minded racist viewpoint does you little credit if you cannot free your mind from these preconceptions.

      I think the lack of coverage was because of the dominance of police authority and quite possibly the news "cycle" at that time. But I could be wrong. It could be something else. It could even be something as silly as what you propose, but I doubt it. CNN has hundreds of so-called "black" employees. Many of them make important decisions on what and how the news is presented.
      To me, you are just a person. I don't care what you look like. But you need to quit acting like a racist who uses other people's theoretical racism to make your attacks. Your "reverse racism" is still racism. Your hatred of "white" people, no matter what anyone is actually doing or not doing, is racist and you seek to paint everyone with the same brush.
      That is not the right thing to do. You need to remember that individuals are not programmed by their skin color.
      But then it sounds like someone "programmed" you, anyway....

      Quit painting everyone with the same brush and realize that there may be things you have not thought about or considered in this case. I don't like to hear of police or campus cops abusing their authority, and would love to see every last one tossed out on the street after a severe beating, but I'm not going to assume anything until I have more information to work with.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Margaret J

    what kind of retard shoots at a building that is widely known to have bullet-proof windows?????

    October 19, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. agnostic


    October 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. agnostic

    @wow and johnnyt you make white ppl sound dumb and inbred,which i bet both of you are

    October 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boney

    I thought Fox news was the "fair and balanced" one...anyway, John Graham is just another black american just throwing the race card out there.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. agnostic

    i see that kind of stuff on chicago news everydaythat the national media rarely covers,black or white. i doubt that them two kids gettin shot was racially motivated,i could be wrong. but this aint 1965 anymore

    October 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. duke

    Black people should stop complaining about prejudices and start going upside white people heads,and then see how they fight against Muslims,Latins and black folks.
    Stop complaining and fight back!!
    Phuck the police,and
    Phuck cnn!!

    October 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. agnostic

    @duke lets see where that gets you buddy. stupidity on all sides today

    October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don't Call Me WHITE..

    Wahh..wahhh..wahhh..cry me a river John. There's the old race card getting thrown into the mix again. You see John until your stigmatism towards white people is lifted from your mind ,there will always be racism(in your eyes). Now see,what you are saying is racism . To judge an entire race by the actions of few is not only ignorant but also racist ! This is 2010 . None of us were slave owners,and those that segregated are well into their senior years . To judge is to be judged,do you understand ? You see, today, reverse racism is much more prevalent than racism toward blacks. You have proved the point by your statement. White people are paying the price for the actions of the long dead and gone(in a majority of our eyes). Yes,there are racists out there,IN ALL RACES. So please do everyone a favor and open your mind. Don't look at things from such a lopsided point of view. And get over it. The racism is mostly in your mind and i'm sure was taught to you by your parents.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    This is how the problem persist!
    Why are white people mad at moderate muslim??
    Because they(according to white americans)don't speak against the extremist loud enough,
    What's the difference white americans DON'T speak against their brethren who are extreme,so go upside their heads when you feel disrespected!

    October 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. agnostic

    @duke again stupidity, you did not read what marcus wrote did ya? you ever hear of class warfare ,thats the problem for every color. every racist should get it upside their head including you. reverse racism is not "freedom fighting" is everyone else peaceful except the ruling class,i dont think so. muslims kill eachother,latinos kill eachother,whites kill eachother and blacks kill eachother. its not the big bad white man that makes everyone kill eachother. the whole human race is accountable fool

    October 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. duke

    Cnn you suck!!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. okay

    I thought this story is about the shootings at The Pentagon.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Don't call me WHITE...

    @agnostic.i agree with what you say @duke.your ignorant.don't blame CNN for your uneducated imbecile comments.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. okay

    Ok..so someone shot at The Pentagon and tl:dr automaticaly assumes its muslims..are you sure of that ? Is your theory supported by any facts or are you just being predjudice ? Not all muslims are terroists ! It's not only extremist muslims that hate this country ! There are many WHITE christian militias among many other anti-american hate groups in this country ! How do you know it wasn't just some dum teenagers playing with daddys rifle ? This statement just shows your close-minded ignorant predjudice ! This case I'm sure will be thouroghly investigated . Then and only then,can you make an educated comment on the happenings ! ... As for the whole race thing that somehow got started on here..Marcus,DCMW and Agnostic hit the nail right on the head..good job guys..i'm not going to comment because it has nothing to do with the story !

    October 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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