Police probe latest shooting at US military building
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 23:31
  
Washington: Police on Tuesday said shots were fired at a US Coast Guard office in Virginia overnight and investigators suspected the incident could be the fifth in a series of shootings targeting military buildings.

The incident was reported by employees at the Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, Virginia, who found broken glass from gunshots when they arrived at work, Prince William County police spokeswoman Kim Chinn told AFP.

"When they came to work they found some damage to glass," she said.

Asked if the shooting was connected to four earlier incidents at the Pentagon, the US Marine Corps museum and a Marine recruiting station, Chinn said: "We think it's a possibility, yes."

No one was injured in the shooting, which resembled four previous incidents in which shots were fired after business hours at unoccupied military buildings in northern Virginia.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was probing today's attack, said last week the gunman behind the series of shootings appears to have a "deep grievance" with the US Marine Corps and appealed to him to come forward.

The shooter appeared to be trying to "avoid asualties" by opening fire on unoccupied buildings late at night or in the early morning, John Perren, acting assistant director of the FBI Washington field office, told reporters on Friday.

But there was a risk the spree could "lead to disastrous consequences that we all wish to avoid," he said.

The recent shootings prompted authorities to bolster security for a US Marine Corps marathon held on Sunday, but the event went ahead with no incidents reported.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 23:31


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