The Pentagon building has gone into lockdown, over reports of several people shot and injured, including a police officer, at its transit center. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) has asked the public to avoid the area.
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, the PFPA said that the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia – the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense – was in a state of lockdown due to “an incident” at the facility’s metro station, without providing further details.
Unconfirmed local reports said several people, including a police officer, have been injured after gunshots were fired. An official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said that at least one person was down, although their condition was not known.
The Arlington Fire and Emergency Medical Service confirmed on Twitter that they were responding to the “active violence incident.” In a later tweet, they confirmed that they encountered multiple patients and that the “scene is still active.”
The Pentagon currently is on lock down due to an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center. We are asking the public to please avoid the area. More information will be forthcoming.
— Pentagon Force Protection Agency (Official) (@PFPAOfficial) August 3, 2021
An Arlington police source confirms a Pentagon officer was injured and transported after shooting near metro station platform that’s put the Pentagon on lockdown. @fox5dc is on scene pic.twitter.com/E7lf8YkSSP
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) August 3, 2021
Footage shared on social media appeared to show CPR being administered to at least two people. It’s not clear if any suspect has been apprehended, or how many people opened fire.
In footage shared online, police and emergency response vehicles can be seen rushing towards the Metro station, which is just meters away from the Pentagon building.
An announcement at the Pentagon itself said that the lockdown was due to “police activity.” Subway trains were ordered to bypass the station so that the police operation could continue unhindered.
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