November 3rd, 2010
12:24 PM ET

FBI: Coast Guard, military facility shootings linked

Ballistic tests have linked a shooting at a Coast Guard recruiting office in Virginia to four other shootings at military facilities last month, the FBI said Wednesday.

FBI spokesman Andrew Ames provided no other immediate details.

The latest incident was reported Tuesday morning after a bullet struck the recruiting office, housed in a Woodbridge strip mall.

The description was "relatively similar" to October cases in which shots were fired at the Pentagon, the National Museum of the Marine Corps and a vacant Marine recruiting station, said 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn, spokeswoman for Prince William County police.

"Employees of the Coast Guard recruiting station called to tell us there was some damage to the glass, and police arrived and determined it was probably done by a bullet," Chinn said.

No one has been injured in any of the incidents, including when six shots were fired at the Pentagon early on October 19.

Ballistics tests connected the Pentagon gunfire to shots aimed at the Marine museum on October 17 and 29, as well as to an October 25 case in which shots were fired at a Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, near Washington Dulles International Airport.

Chinn would not say how many bullets were found at the scene Tuesday. The Coast Guard referred questions to the FBI, saying it is taking the lead in the investigation.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency declined comment on the shooting.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. bill

    Wow that article was literally 1 sentence long.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      Seven, but things are tight right now.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Lol, sentences end with a period, there are 2 sentences in that article, i have no idea where you are getting 7

      November 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • lrn

      10 but why does that matter........Math problem for the day!

      November 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brumbleb

    Do none of these government places have outdoor surveillance cameras?

    November 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      I bet they did, so that they could watch the bullets fly right to the walls/windows....

      November 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Looks like Rockville splained it for ya.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      Now over here, this used to be the lion house, but as it's no longer suitable for animals, we're using it for middle management.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      We do have cameras outside of facilities, that place where this took place was in the suburbs of DC in a strip mall....Potomac Mills

      November 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rockvillemdbw

    Obviously he's shooting a rifle, out of range of the cameras. DUH. No...none of our gov facilities have cameras outside..including the pentagon. Come on man

    November 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      Mr. Sylvester Stallone didn't get where he is today by playing in Jane Austen.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty Whyte

      Don't need to monitored by satellites even the employees...they can follow you all the way home!

      November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GoodNews316

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    November 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      I don't like you. You're weird and unattractive.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alan

    Well at least we know it is not John Allen Mohammad.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. firstlook

    Probably Republicans!

    November 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kenny powers

    Dont act like you dont know about drugs when you do

    November 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. osama bin diesel

    I didnt do it

    November 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pw

    This is puzzling to me, who will shoot at military facilities? I hope he is caught before he killed somebody.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IndypendentJones


    November 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dude

    Hey indyjones! I see u have that "copy 'n paste" stuff down pat. Would consider speaking on the topic?

    November 4, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Terry

    SEMPER PARATUS! Fund the Coast Guard especially HITRON! Thank God no one has been injured. Thank you.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |