WASHINGTON DC (Politico): The Pentagon is on lockdown after a “shooting event” near the Metro bus platform, a Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
The gunman was shot by a Pentagon police officer and did not get inside the Pentagon building, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency official told POLITICO. One other officer was injured and is being transported to seek medical attention. There are no additional suspects at this time and the scene is secure. Personnel are still being instructed to remain inside the building for now, the official said.
The official stressed that the situation is still “fluid” and that information is still coming in. Following the incident, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency sent out an alert instructing all personnel not to leave the building, Lt. Col. Uriah Orland told POLITICO.
“The Pentagon currently is on lock down due to an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center,” PFPA tweeted shortly after 11am on Tuesday.” We are asking the public to please avoid the area. More information will be forthcoming.”
The Metro station and bus stop is located just outside the Pentagon building. Visitors coming from the Metro must pass through security to enter the building.
The Pentagon Metro station was closed in March 2020 after a man was fatally stabbed on the platform shortly before 9 a.m. It reopened around 2:30 p.m. that same day.