- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday in what security officials described as “a random event.”

No one was injured in the predawn incident in which shots were fired into two windows at the sprawling Defense Department just across the Potomac River in suburban Northern Virginia.

Steven Calvery, director of the civilian Pentagon Force Protection Agency, told reporters that a number of his officers reported hearing five to seven shots fired about 4:55 a.m. near the south parking lot of the Pentagon. The Pentagon building and the roads leading it were briefly closed as officers did an initial sweep of the area.

An internal search of the iconic structure found fragments of two bullets still embedded in two windows one on the third floor and one on the fourth. The bullets had shattered but did not penetrate the windows, Mr. Calvery said. The windows were part of offices that are being renovated and they were unoccupied at the time.

Mr. Calvery said he didn’t know what kind of weapon was used but that it was probably a high-velocity rifle. No suspects were arrested, he said.

“Right now, we consider this a random event,” he said.

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