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
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
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.