3/4/2010: At roughly 6:40 p.m., John Patrick Bedell walked up to the entrance of the Pentagon- in Arlington, Virginia, United States- drew out a gun and fired, wounding two police officers. Bedell was shot and critically wounded. He later died of his wounds in the hospital. The two police officers had non-life-threatening injuries and survived.
At the entrance gates to the Pentagon
|Type of Attack ()
|Successful Attack? ()
Target Information ()
|Target Type: Government (General)|
|Name of Entity
||United States Government|
|Nationality of Target
|Part of Multiple Incident?||No|
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|Criterion 2 ()
|Criterion 3 ()
|Doubt Terrorism Proper ()
||The mental state of Bedell and his motive for the attack are unclear. Before the attack occurred, Bedells parents (with whom he was living) had informed authorities that their son was mentally unstable. Drug use and increasing paranoia greatly concerned Bedell's parents.|
Perpetrator Group Information
|Unaffiliated Individual(s) (suspected)
||Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
|Number of Perpetrators
|Number of Captured Perpetrators
|Total Number of Casualties
||1 Fatalities / 2 Injured|
|Total Number of Fatalities
|Number of U.S. Fatalities
|Number of Perpetrator Fatalities
|Total Number of Injured
|Number of U.S. Injured
|Number of Perpetrators Injured
|"Allison Klein, Clarence Williams, and Martin Weil, "2 officers shot at Pentagon's main entrance; suspect also wounded Motive unclear in Rush hour incident", The Washington Post, March 5, 2010."
|"Anahad O'Connor and Ian Urbina, "Gunman Wounds Two Pentagon Officers in Shootout at Subway Entrance", The New York Times, March 5, 2010."
|"Gordon Lubold, "Col. James Sabow: Pentagon shooter was obsessed with 1991 case; Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell was drawn to the 1991 case of Marine Corps Col. James Sabow. Investigators sais the officer committed suicide, but others- including his brother- are sure he was murdered", The Christian Science Monitor, March 5, 2010."