A man calmly walked up to the Pentagon’s screening area and suddenly opened fire at the metro station entrance, wounding two police officers before being shot and critically injured, officials said.
The incident that happened at 6:40 p.m. local time Thursday (0510 IST Friday) forced the US military headquarters to be put under security lockdown.
The unidentified man — with “no real emotion in his face” — approached the officers outside the Pentagon Metro station, Pentagon Police Chief Richard S Keevill was quoted as saying in the US media.
“As the officers started to ask him for his pass to get into the Pentagon, he drew a weapon from his pocket and started shooting” from a few feet away, Keevill told reporters.
The two officers of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency retaliated with their semi-automatic weapons and the suspect, thought to be a US citizen, was critically wounded, Keevill said. “He did not say a word.”
All three were rushed to a local hospital.
In a statement, Pentagon said that the entrances were locked briefly, but all were reopened with the exception of the Pentagon Metro entrance.