Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shots Fired At Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, VA: Pentagon & Quantico Shootings Linked

Coming the same day as shootings earlier this month at the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico, VA and Pentagon were linked, is news that another shooting happened at a Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, VA (Stars & Stripes, via This Ain't Hell).

Shots were fired at this Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, VA sometime Monday or Tuesday (image from

The FBI believes recent shootings at the Pentagon and National Museum of the Marine Corps are linked, and investigators are looking into a third shooting at a Marine recruiting station in a Virginia suburb of Washington to see whether it was related.

“Investigative evidence has confirmed that shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., involved a single weapon,” a bureau news release said. “Ballistics testing is underway for an overnight shooting that took place on Oct. 25 or Oct. 26 at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, Va.”

The FBI declined to release further information, such as the type of weapon or caliber of ammunition used “to preserve the integrity of investigative efforts.”

The museum was hit first, early on Oct. 17, when several shots were fired, some of which hit windows, police said. No one was in the building at the time.

The Pentagon shooting happened two days later. At least six shots were fired, two of
which hit exterior windows, Steven E. Calvery, head of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said in an Oct. 20 statement.

Then police were called on Tuesday morning to the recruiting station in Chantilly, were two bullets hit a window and a third hit an adjacent business, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Here's the latest from Channel 7 news:

No advisories, suspects or type of weapon have been announced by authorities.


Wraith said...

You heard it here first:

Given the evidence before me, I'm going to predict the following. (Note that I'm on the other side of the country from all this--I didn't do it!)

The shooter is using a military rifle, probably 5.56/.223.

He is a former Marine.

He has seen combat.

He was either discharged (Section 8?) for what he believes to be wrongful cause, or he was honorably discharged and believes that he was screwed over by Uncle Sam, most likely regarding his benefits.

Another possibility is that he believes he was lied to regarding the reasons he was sent to fight.

If I turn out to be reasonably accurate here, I may consider a career as a profiler. ;)

Wraith said...

OK, let's get something straight, pal. I am not a hippie. I smoked dope and didn't like it, though I believe it should be legalized. And I have nothing but respect for our military, especially the USMC. Before you run your mouth, you might want to engage your brain.

The point of this coment was not to disparage the USMC or the US was simply to try to figure out the who and why concerning the perpetrator of these acts. Unstable people are everywhere, despite our best efforts to screen them out. You know damned well that they infest our schools and political offices. Sometimes they end up in our police, firefighters, EMT's and yes, even the most capable branch of our armed services.

If you're going to call me names simply for positing an opinion regarding the motivations--righteous or insane--of the perpetrator of these actions...well, I have a suggestion for you and the horse you rode in on.

Holy crap. Defensive much?