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FBI Opens Investigation Into Three DC Area Shootings
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - The FBI announced it has opened an investigation into a series of recent incidents in which shots have been fired at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps Museum, and another, third case in Northern Virginia.

News of the third such shooting came on Tuesday, as Fairfax County Police reported an overnight incident at a Marine Recruiting Station in Chantilly. Investigators spent much of the day at the scene, scouring the parking lot and surrounding area for any evidence left behind.

Fairfax County Police spokesman Officer Bud Walker told 9NEWS NOW that police were called at about 8:30 a.m Tuesday, and responded to called to the 13800 block of Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, Virginia, for a report of vandalism at a Marine Corps Recruiting Station. At the scene, police say, they found that shots had been fired either late on October 25th or in the early hours of October 26. The damage was discovered as workers arrived in the morning. Walker said it had evidently occurred sometime overnight while no one was around. No one was injured in the incident.

The FBI said in a statement released Tuesday that the investigation 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. Ballistics testing was still being done for the overnight shooting that took place at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, Va.

The FBI said it will take the evidence collected in Chantilly to its lab in Quantico on Wednesday to compare it to the evidence collected at the museum and the Pentagon.

The incident at the National Museum of the Marine Corps took place during the early morning hours on October 17. A similar incident was reported at about 5:00 a.m. on October 19 at the Pentagon after officers reported hearing shots fired in the vicinity of the Pentagon's south parking lot, which faces I-395.

The FBI statement said no further information, including a potential weapon used or the caliber of the ammunition, would be released at that time due to the ongoing investigative efforts.

Police ask anyone with any information to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or to text "TIP187" plus your message, to CRIMES/274637.

Written by Bill Starks
9News Now & wusa9.com

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