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Shots fired at U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge

By Maria Glod and Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 7:13 PM

A gunman fired at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge late Monday or early Tuesday, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was related to a recent series of shootings targeting U.S. military facilities in Northern Virginia.

Also Tuesday, Sgt. Kim Chinn, Prince William County police spokeswoman, said forensic analysis has confirmed investigators' belief that a shooting last week at the Marine Corps museum near Quantico is part of the spree.

That means that since mid-October the same weapon has been fired twice at the museum and was used in shootings at the Pentagon and at a Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly.

In each case, shots were fired at a building overnight or early in the morning. No one has been injured. In each instance, a window was struck.

Authorities said that the spree remains unexplained and that they are searching for the shooter.

FBI officials last week released a limited profile of the suspect, saying they believe he or she might have a grievance against the U.S. Marine Corps. They have urged that person to come forward and promised to help resolve any problems.

Officials have stressed that that person has not yet displayed any intention of hurting or killing anyone. So far the incidents have amounted to vandalism.

Now investigators are looking at the possibility that the shooter has struck again - and at a different branch of the military.

FBI officials Tuesday did not update the limited profile of the shooter that they released after last week's shooting.

At least one bullet fired late Monday or early Tuesday pierced a window at the U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center at 2721 Potomac Mills Cir. in Woodbridge, Chinn said.

She said ballistics evidence would determine whether the incident is linked to the others. FBI agents were on the scene.

The shootings began the night of Oct. 16 or into the next morning, when shots were fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle. In the following days, the Pentagon and the U.S. Marine recruiting center in Chantilly were targeted. Then the museum was hit a second time.

glodm@washpost.com morsed@washpost.com

Staff writer Josh White contributed to this report.

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