Pentagon Police Say Gunman Was Calm Before Opening Fire | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Pentagon Police Say Gunman Was Calm Before Opening Fire

Play associated audio
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.

NPR

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
NPR

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
NPR

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
NPR

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.