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Pentagon Police Say Gunman Was Calm Before Opening Fire

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Police cordoned off the area around the Pentagon Metro entrance after a gunman opened fire Thursday evening, wounding two Pentagon Police officers.
Jonathan Wilson
Police cordoned off the area around the Pentagon Metro entrance after a gunman opened fire Thursday evening, wounding two Pentagon Police officers.

By Jonathan Wilson

Two police officers are recovering from gunshot wounds after a gunman opened fire outside the Metro entrance to the Pentagon last night.

Police say the gunman opened fire outside the Pentagon at 6:40 Thursday evening leaving two officers with graze wounds.

Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevill says the gunman, now identified by police as 36 year-old John Patrick Bedell, appeared calm and said nothing to the officers before reaching into his pocket for a handgun.

"We see folks come up to the Pentagon everyday with their passes in different places. He reached into his pocket, they assumed he was getting his pass," says Keevill. "He came out with a gun and just started shooting."

Keevill says the officers were able to return fire leaving the gunman with critical injuries. All three were taken to George Washington University Hospital. The shooter later died of a head wound.

Police closed the Pentagon metro stop and locked down the building for a short time after the shooting.

Keevill says Arlington County Police, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service are all assisting with the investigation.

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