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.
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.
Citing an Arlington Police source, Fox 5 DC reported that an officer was injured and has been transported for medical treatment.
The Arlington Fire and Emergency Medical Service confirmed via Twitter that they had encountered multiple patients and that the “scene is still active.”
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.
A reporter for the US network Newsy, said that sniffer dogs have also been deployed at the site to sweep for any possible explosive material.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Washington Field Division, also confirmed that they were responding to the “shooting” incident near the Pentagon.
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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