SHOTS FIRED, SHOTS FIRED – AT 9:36 A.M. ET: This has been under the radar this week, but there apparently is a serial shooter at work in the Washington area. You never know what the person, or persons, will do next, so we present the story:
Authorities are investigating shots that were were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County.
This is the second time the facility has been targeted this month.
The building was closed when an unknown number of shots were fired, according to Prince William County Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Chinn, and nobody was injured.
Investigators were still on the scene Friday morning, according to Officer Jonathan Perok, a county police spokesman.
The new investigation comes a day after authorities, citing ballistics testing, announced that that the same gun was used to fire shots at the museum Oct. 17, the Pentagon on Oct. 19 and a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly this week.
No one was injured in any of the confirmed shootings.
At the moment, the new investigation at the museum is being handled by Prince William police. FBI agents, however, are enroute to Triangle "to pick up some evidence of something that happened" overnight, FBI spokeswoman Katherine Schweit said Friday morning. Schweit would not provide more details about the evidence.
COMMENT: We are reminded of the beltway killers of several years ago, who terrorized Washington. So far this shooter has fired only at buildings, and no one has been hurt. But the targets have been militarily related. We'll follow the story.
October 29, 2010