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BREAKING NEWS — Shots Fired At Pentagon, Lanes Closed

by ARLnow.com October 19, 2010 at 9:11 am 5,235 24 Comments

Traffic on southbound I-395 is being diverted onto southbound Route 1, just before the Pentagon, causing big backups. We’re told Pentagon police are investigating some sort of an incident that occurred last night.

Update at 9:20 a.m. — In the comments section, FREDTERP has what is very likely the subject of the investigation: an unconfirmed report of shots fired near the Pentagon early this morning. We’re still awaiting comment from the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

Update at 9:40 a.m. — Southbound I-395 has reopened, but now northbound I-395 is being diverted at Washington Boulevard.

Update at 9:55 a.m. — Traffic on northbound I-395 is backing up past Seminary Road.

Update at 10:00 a.m. — The mainline of northbound I-395 is back open.

Update at 10:25 a.m. — The northbound HOV lanes are closed. Cars in the HOV lanes before the closure are essentially trapped, although a number of vehicles are escaping the backup by going the wrong way up a ramp near Shirlington.

Update at 10:35 a.m. — NBC4 is reporting that at least two bullets hit the Pentagon this morning.

Update at 10:55 a.m. — The HOV lanes on I-395 are back open.

Update at 12:25 p.m. — “What we have is an isolated incident, so far,” a Pentagon official says at a news conference. There has been speculation about a possible connection to shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. over the weekend.

  • Arlington

    “The roads and pedestrian entrances leading to the Pentagon were reopened a little after 5:30.”

    The question is: Why is this road closed 4 hours later?

  • Arlington

    It’s now open.

    Why was the road shut down for a brief period this morning?

  • Brian

    Based on traffic cameras, it now seems that 395 south is open and 395 north is closed. Again, this is based on traffic cameras.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      Maybe traffic there is just really light?

      I KID! I KID!

  • Pete

    This is insane. I’m not affected by this but the way they do this and that with no regard to the “people” is insane.

    I’m sure whatever is happening will be explained as out of an abundance of Caution ™.

    • Jason S

      Everything has to be a big production. In Washington, if something is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

      • Matt

        And I’m sure that if you were being shot at while sitting in your office or walking to it, you would feel the same way.

        • Jason S

          Well, that is a wrong assumption, but I am happy that you believe you made a point. Good for you.

          If somebody shot at my office (on Wilson), I wouldn’t expect Wilson to be closed down for hours. They are not going to find much more than some brass, but if the shooter were competent and careful they would not have left any. Then again, if it were somebody with a viable plan who wanted to harm people at the Pentagon, they would probably have waited for a better time.

          On 395, to hit a person in the Pentagon from a moving car is going to be quite difficult. In the early morning, it will be even harder. Most people in a car moving at highway speed would probably miss a bus from that distance anyway.

          Closing South and North lanes suggests they believe shots were fired from a rather general direction. Looking for evidence hours laters means they probably don’t have a lot. Closing down traffic for many thousands of commuters will cause more interruptions to government operations than a couple of shots at the Pentagon.

          • Quit_Crying

            A lot of speculation from a bunch of people not in possession of any facts. Good for you all! Sorry that a crime investigation is an inconvenience. Of course, the next time some incident directly affects you, you will be asking, “Why didn’t they prevent this?” or “How come they aren’t doing everything possible to catch those responsible?” I was stuck in that very traffic jam earlier and it wasn’t the end of the world. Only people so well insulated from harm could act so spoiled and childish…

          • Jason S

            Who is asking about prevention? You cannot prevent it, it’s that simple. Only an idiot would think it is preventable. As for catching those responsible, it is unlikely until they do some more shooting and leave significant evidence or witnesses are available.

  • B

    Northbound definitely closed at Washington Blvd. Main lines closed, express lanes look open. (based on cameras…) A very curious situation.

  • shirley

    just opened. regular lanes.

  • shirley

    express still closed.

  • Pete

    And what if their dog’s find a gun or whatever their looking for as cars pass by? Guns are legal in VA.

    • Matt

      Yes guns are legal. Randomly (or maliciously) shooting at buildings or people is not. I wish we could add stupidity to that as well.

    • Kalashnikev

      Guns are legal everywhere in the United States.

      It’s actually the second thing that was on the framer’s minds when they put pen to page to establish just what rights free men had in this great nation.

      Love it or Leave it.

      • Really?

        Yup, and the first thing on their mind (after the Constitution, of course) was that people had the right to verbally disagree with and assemble against that right. They also put the framework in to remove that right. Love it or leave it.

        • Kalashnikev

          I’m sure we both understand the difference between “The Constitution” and the “Bill of Rights.”

          As far as the repeal of the Second Amendment? Really? (Oh, I just realized your name is so clever!)

          Good luck with that one. Since I’m sworn to defend the Constitution, I’ll vehemently defend your right to free speech… with my arms if need be. (funny how that works?)

          Until you get your amendment passed, Molon Labe.

          • Really?

            Oh, so now it’s okay if I don’t love everything about it?

  • Brian

    And now the HOV lanes are closed. I’m watching on the traffic cameras, cars backing up off the ramp and other ones going the right direction. Potential for disaster exists.

  • shirley

    express now open.

  • j
  • HP2000

    I wonder if there is a connection to the shots fired at the Marine Museum over the weekend.


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