Reward Offered in NoVa Military Shootings

Investigators believe someone saw something that can help

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    FILE - This Nov. 10, 2006 file photo shows the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. Police in Virginia are investigating an overnight shooting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the fourth such shooting at military-related buildings in the area. First Sgt. Kim Chinn, a Prince William County police spokeswoman, says multiple shots were fired sometime after the museum closed Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. The museum is in Triangle, Va., about 30 miles south of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    The FBI announced a reward Monday of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shootings at five recent military-related installations in Northern Virginia.

    The reward is offered by the Department of Justice.

    “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 in Charge 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, Oct. 19, Oct. 25-26, Oct. 28-29th and Nov. 1-2.

    Shots were fired 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. The Marine Corps Museum was hit twice. Evidence has linked all the shootings to a single weapon. No one has been injured.

    It is possible that someone saw something that could help the investigation. According to a statement from the FBI:

    “The shooter(s) 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(s) has a familiarity with the Northern Virginia area from living or working here. The shooter(s) may have experienced a significant personal crisis within the past several months, such as the loss of job, divorce or financial hardship.”

    Anyone with information should 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, officials said.