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Va. shooting at vacant Marine recruiting station linked to other incidents

The same gun was used to shoot at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Northern Virginia earlier this month, the FBI said Tuesday. Investigators are also trying to determine if a third recent shooting is also related.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010; 10:54 PM

An overnight shooting at a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly this week has been definitively linked to two recent attacks on U.S. military buildings in Northern Virginia.

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The FBI's Washington Field Office announced Thursday that evidence collected at the recruiting station Tuesday morning matched evidence found at the scenes of similar shootings at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle on Oct. 17 and at the Pentagon in the early hours of Oct. 19. FBI officials said the same weapon was used in all three shootings, but they have not indicated what type of weapon was used or the caliber of ammunition found at the scenes.

Each shooting occurred late at night or early in the morning, when the buildings were either vacant or when it was unlikely that people would be there.

Law enforcement officials said that they have no sense of a motive for the shootings.

"We're following all possible leads at this point,'' a said Andrew Ames, a spokesman for the FBI's Washington Field Office. The office's Joint Terrorism Task Force is leading the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shootings can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477.

- Josh White and Maria Glod

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