Two Pentagon Police officers and a suspected gunman were wounded in a shootout Thursday night when the man tried to get into the Department of Defense headquarters, the first shooting of its kind in the building's 67-year history.
Police said the man, who law enforcement sources told The Associated Press has been identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, approached the Pentagon security checkpoint by the Metrorail station outside Arlington at about 6:40 p.m.
"He did not say a word," Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevill told reporters. "He walked up very cool. ... There was no emotion in his face."
He put his hand in his coat pocket, as many do to pull out their Pentagon identification pass, then pulled out a handgun and started firing, Keevill said.
Both officers were struck but managed to fire their .40-caliber Glocks at the man.
In all, many shots were fired, the chief said.
All three were taken to George Washington University Hospital. The officers, who both wore ballistic vests, suffered grazing wounds, Keevill said. But the shooter had critical injuries.
The chief declined to discuss a motive or release the shooter's name. He said the man appeared to be "an American citizen" but officials were still running down his address Thursday night.
The shooting shut down the world's largest office building and closed the nearby Metro station for more than an hour. "We have layers of security and it worked," Keevill said.
Suspicious packages had been found outside the Metro station soon afterward, according to Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato, prompting the shutdown. Metro trains ran through the station without stopping and all buses were rerouted to Pentagon City until the packages were deemed harmless. The station reopened at 8 p.m.
The Pentagon Police are continuing to investigate with assistance from the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and the Arlington Police Department.
Staff Writer Bill Myers contributed to this report.