WASHINGTON: Shots were fired near the entrance of the Pentagon on Tuesday morning, injuring several people. The facility, the headquarters of the US Army, was temporarily placed on lockdown.
The Arlington County Fire Department reported “several patients”, but it was not immediately clear that they had been shot and the extent of their injuries was unknown.
A police officer was among those injured, according to two law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.
The Pentagon Protection Force Protection Agency tweeted that the incident took place on a metro bus platform, part of the Pentagon Transit Center. The facility is just steps from the Pentagon Building in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.
An Associated Press reporter near the building heard several gunshots, then a pause, then at least one additional shot.
Another AP reporter heard police shouting “shooter”.
A Pentagon announcement said the facility was on lockdown due to “police activity”. The Pentagon Forces Protection Agency, the agency responsible for security in the building, tweeted shortly before noon that the site of the incident was safe. The lockdown was lifted except in the area around the crime scene.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, were in a White House meeting with President Joe Biden at the time of the shooting.
In 2010, two Pentagon Force Protection Agency officers were injured when a gunman approached them in a security check area. The officers who survived opened fire, seriously injuring the gunman, identified as John Patrick Bedell.