Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shootings at five military-related installations in Northern Virginia.
“We are following every lead that comes in and continue to call for the assistance of the public in helping us identify the person or persons responsible,” said John G. Perren, Acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “We are confident that someone out there has additional information that will be helpful to this investigation.”
The five shootings occurred during the overnight and early morning hours of Oct. 16, 17, 19, 25, 26, 28, 29 and Nov. 1 and 2, 2010. The shootings occurred at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Pentagon, a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting facility and a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting facility. Evidence has confirmed that shots fired at each of the locations are linked to a single weapon. Investigators believe the shooter may have engaged in behaviors that the public may have observed. The shooter was out during the overnight and early morning hours and may have had to provide an explanation or excuse to justify the absence from home or work. The FBI believes that the shooter has a familiarity with the Northern Virginia area from living or working here. The shooter may have experienced a significant personal crisis within the past several months, such as the loss of job, divorce or financial hardship.
The reward, offered by the Department of Justice, is in support of the joint investigation by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Prince William County Police Department.
The FBI encourages anyone with information or reports of suspicious behavior to contact the FBI’s Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or e-mail WashingtonField@ic.fbi.gov.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.