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Shooting Outside Pentagon Causes Lockdown

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2010 - The Pentagon was in lockdown for some time Thursday evening after a gunman opened fire on two Pentagon Force Protection Agency officers, according to a statement released by the Defense Department.

The shooter fired at the officers at the entrance to the Pentagon Metro station outside the Pentagon building about 6:40 p.m., the statement says. The officers returned fire, injuring the gunman, it says.

The two officers and the gunman were transported to a local hospital, the statement says. The officers' injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, it says.

"The officers acted very quickly and decisively to neutralize the threat," a police spokesman said.

The Metro station likely will be closed Friday morning, he said.

The shooting is under investigation.

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