11/1/2010: Shots were fired overnight at a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, Virginia, United States. No one was injured and the strip mall, where the station was located, suffered only minor damage. Yonathan Melaku, a Marine Corps reservist, was arrested on June 17, 2011, for an unrelated incident but was charged on June 21, 2011, for the Woodbridge shooting and several other similar attacks in the area, including two shootings on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, one at the Pentagon, and one at a Marine Corps recruiting station. Sources report that Melaku was fascinated by Al-Qa`ida, but did not claim to be a member of the organization.
A Coast Guard recruiting station in a strip mall in Woodbridge
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Target Information ()
|Target Type: Military|
|Name of Entity
||United States Coast Guard|
||A Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge|
|Nationality of Target
|Extent of Property Damage
|Value of Property Damage
||Unknown Gun Type
|9 mm shell casings were found on the assailant|
|Part of Multiple Incident?||No|
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|Doubt Terrorism Proper ()
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|Total Number of Casualties
||0 Fatalities / 0 Injured|
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|"Gun fired at Coast Guard office; 5th time that shots target military buildings in DC area," Associated Press, November 2, 2010."
|"Devlin Barrett, "FBI charges reservist in Pentagon shootings," The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2011."
|"Matthew Cella, "Suspect charged in shootings at military facilities," The Washington Times, June 24, 2011."