Temporary Lockdown After Shots Hit Pentagon

No injuries reported
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 19, 2010 11:02 AM CDT
Law enforcement officers search for evidence along the I-395 expressway adjacent to the Pentagon, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early today, hitting the building and causing minor damage, defense officials said. Police who protect the massive Defense Department headquarters temporarily locked down some road and pedestrian entrances to the building after a civilian reported he may have heard shots at about 5am on the south side of the facility.

A sweep of the area and facility found that some shots had hit the building, Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman said. He didn't know how many or from what kind of weapon. Roads and pedestrian entrances leading to the Pentagon were reopened a little after 5:30am but part of nearby highway 395 was later temporarily closed for part of the investigation. Lapan said there were no injuries.

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