Shooting reported at U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – A Coast Guard recruiting office in Virginia was damaged by apparent gunfire overnight, and authorities said on Tuesday they were investigating whether the incident was related to a recent spate of shootings at other military buildings close to the capital.

A recruiter arriving at the Coast Guard office in Woodbridge, Virginia, south of Washington, on Tuesday found apparent gunfire damage to the building and its windows and called the Prince William County police, said Petty Officer David Marin, a Coast Guard spokesman in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Marin said no one was hurt in the incident and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had taken over the lead in the investigation. The FBI’s Washington Field Office said it had agents at the scene but offered no other details.

The FBI currently is investigating a spate of shootings at military buildings in the Washington area: the Pentagon, a Marine Corps recruiting station in suburban Virginia and twice at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, 36 miles south of the city.

Because of the repeated shootings at Marine Corps buildings, the FBI has been working on the assumption they were the work of someone who may have been part of the Marine Corps who has a grievance with the military.

“It may be that he feels that he’s been wronged by the Corps in his professional and/or personal life,” John Perren, head of the FBI Washington Field Office, told reporters after a shooting on October 29. “We’d like to know what (that) grievance is … and what we can do to try to help resolve it.”

Authorities have declined to say what weapon has been used in the shootings, which began on October 17.

All of the incidents occurred in the late evening or early morning and no one has been injured.

Perren has said the FBI does not believe the individual involved wants to harm anyone, but he warned that such shootings can accidentally lead to disastrous consequences.

The shootings revived memories of a rash of sniper attacks in 2002 that killed 10 people and terrified the Washington area over several weeks. The two men involved were caught and one was executed while the other is serving a life sentence.

The Pentagon was a target of the September 11, 2001, attacks. In March, a gunman shot and wounded two security officers near a Pentagon entrance, and was killed in the process.

(Reporting by David Alexander and Jeremy Pelofsky, Editing by Sandra Maler and David Storey)

Shooting reported at U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office