John Patrick Bedell showed no emotion as he opened fire.
'The gun came from an unlikely place.' AP: Pentagon gun was from Tenn. police 15 Mar 2010 Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis, Tenn. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that both guns were once seized in criminal cases in Memphis. The officials described how the weapons made their separate ways from an evidence vault to gun dealers and to the shooters.
'Why are they handcuffing me?' Pentagon shooting witness handcuffed, detained 07 Mar 2010 A witness to the shooting in front of the Pentagon says he is still reeling from being taken in by police that day. "I am very traumatized with this whole experience," Dan Namisi told NBC4. Namisi was on his way home to Virginia when John Patrick Bedell opened fire at the entrance to the Pentagon Thursday. Soon after Namisi heard the shots, he found himself in handcuffs. "I heard a 'pop! pop!' so I ducked down to the ground," he recalled. "They gave commands to lay down flat and then they handcuffed me. And I was puzzled. Why are they handcuffing me?" Police did not tell Namisi, who was trying to get to his home in Burke, why he was in handcuffs -- or why it took three hours for him to be released. "They would just say, "We are checking the computer,'" Namisi recalled.
Drill will simulate shooting at Metro station 24 Feb 2010 If you see lots of police and hear commotion at the Friendship Heights Metro station late Wednesday night, relax. It's just a drill. But it is a drill that will simulate gunfire between two shooters in the station, with multiple passengers injured or killed. Metro says its police department's special response team will respond to the incident, along with the police, fire and emergency medical services personnel from D.C., Montgomery County and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It's important to test and practice our response to this type of crisis that would impact Metro's ability to provide safe and essential transportation services," says Metro Transit Police Acting Chief Jeff Delinski.
Metro Transit Police stage large anti-terrorism drill 03 Feb 2010 (DC) Metro Transit Police staged their largest anti-terrorism sweep ever during Tuesday morning's rush hour, as about 50 officers -- some toting M-4 rifles and others guiding bomb-sniffing dogs -- took up position in Union Station in a new initiative aimed at discouraging [?!?] attacks. In the coming months, they plan to hold similar drills for the effort, dubbed Blue TIDE (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort). Metro is planning exercises this month modeled after terrorist attacks in Madrid, London and Mumbai. About 200 to 300 police officers and other emergency responders from across the region will take part in tactical exercises Feb. 12, 13 and 24 that will include simulations of the bombing of a Metrobus, an explosion in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stations, and shooters at the Friendship Heights Metro station. [OMG. These f*ckers may go live for one of them, as they did on 9/11.] (I made this prediction on 03 Feb.)
Metro Police Unleash Blue TIDE at Union Station 02 Feb 2010 A Metro bus explosion, shooters at a subway station and a blast in a subway tunnel -- staged scenarios, but Metro wants to be ready just in case. The transit agency is planning a series of tactical drills to prepare for emergencies. The drills include all regional partners and will test the coordination and response needed for three different emergencies. The first exercise was conducted from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Union Station. Metro called Tuesday's show of force Blue TIDE (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort). Metro said Blue TIDE included a number of security sweeps and patrols at Union Station by officers from a number of units, including the anti-terrorism, special response and K-9 explosives detection teams, Metrobus enforcement and criminal investigations divisions, bomb technicians, emergency management, mobile and foot patrols, auto theft unit, bicycle squad, crime prevention and police communications. On Feb. 12, there will be a simulated explosive blast on a Metro bus in the parking lot at RFK Stadium and another bomb found on another bus. The next day, the drill will involve an explosion on a Metrorail train in the tunnel between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom. And on Feb. 24, the final scenario will involve gunmen at the Friendship Heights Metrorail Station.
Gunman at Pentagon Linked to Anger Against U.S. (The New York Times) 05 Mar 2010 The gunman who opened fire at an entrance to the Pentagon on Thursday, injuring two police officers, harbored a deep-seated anger toward federal authorities and may have believed that the government staged the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said Friday. On Friday, the police here were trying to determine whether John Patrick Bedell’s views on the 1991 death of a Marine officer, Col. James E. Sabow, in El Toro, Calif., played a role in his attack on the Pentagon officers. Colonel Sabow’s death, which was officially ruled a suicide, is the subject of numerous dark theories about military cover-ups, claiming that he was murdered because he was about to expose covert military operations in Central America involving drug smuggling. Mr. Bedell wrote on the Web that he was “determined to see that justice is served” in the death of Colonel Sabow and that to uncover the truth behind the death would be “a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the Sept. 11 demolitions.” The police said they had ruled out the possibility of a second gunman even though they saw Mr. Bedell, who was killed in an exchange of gunfire, speaking to someone before firing on the officers... When he appeared at the Pentagon on Thursday around 6 p.m., Mr. Bedell had a full beard and was dressed in a blazer, slacks and a white collared shirt, and surveillance cameras showed him walking slowly toward the Pentagon entrance before pulling out two 9-millimeter semiautomatic weapons. He began shooting when he arrived at the security checkpoint, near the entrance to the Pentagon subway station... Mr. Bedell was the chief executive of a Hollister-based company called DNAputer Research, according to filings with the California secretary of state’s office... Yet even as he railed against the federal government, Mr. Bedell also sought to do business with the military. In a 2004 research proposal that he wrote for submission to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, he proposed a $170,000 nanotechnology project that could be useful in warfare.
JPatrickBedell Retrieved 05 Mar 2010
September 11 'conspiracy' theorist opens fire at Pentagon 05 Mar 2010 A 9/11 conspiracy theorist walked up to two policemen at the Pentagon yesterday, pulled out a handgun and opened fire at point-blank range. The man, named as John Patrick Bedell, 36, injured the police officers near a busy commuter rail station on the site but was shot and died from his injuries hours later. The Pentagon police chief, Richard Keevill, said that Bedell was apparently trying to gain entry to the giant US Defence Department headquarters but instead of presenting a Pentagon pass, which is required to enter the building, he pulled out a gun.
Pentagon gunman blamed US government for September 11 attacks 05 Mar 2010 The man who shot two police officers at the Pentagon yesterday was an obsessive follower of the 9/11 truth movement who believed that the Twin Towers were demolished in a US government conspiracy, it has emerged. Police said that John Patrick Bedell, 36, had acted alone and without links to terrorist networks. However online postings apparently by him indicate that he was a passionate 'conspiracy' theorist and opponent of the US Government and armed forces.
Texas trooper tried to get mental-health hold on Bedell for speeding on freeway 05 Mar 2010 The parents of the man shot to death after pulling a gun on Pentagon police guards Thursday had reported him missing in January and, concerned about his mental health, they asked local authorities to hold him. The parents of John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., filed a missing-person report on Jan. 4, said San Benito County, Calif., Sheriff Curtis Hill. Hill said the report stemmed from a call the family received from a Texas state trooper on Jan. 3. The trooper said he had stopped their son for speeding on a freeway heading west outside Amarillo, Hill said. The trooper used Bedell's cell phone to call Bedell's parents, apparently trying to determine whether there was sufficient cause for a mental-health hold on Bedell. "There's an inference in (the report) that he was concerned about his mental health," Hill said. It's unclear what Bedell's mother told the trooper. Apparently finding no cause to hold Bedell, the trooper let him go, Hill said.
Suspected gunman in Pentagon shooting acted alone, officials say 05 Mar 2010 The California man who calmly opened fire on two police officers at an entrance to the Pentagon Thursday appears to have acted alone and was not connected to any terrorist plot, Pentagon police chief Richard S. Keevill said. The shooter, identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, was dressed in a business suit and carried two semiautomatic weapons and "many magazines" of ammunition, Keevill said. "He walked very directly to the officers and engaged," Keevill said.
2nd person scrutinized in Pentagon subway shooting [Oops! Not any more.] 04 Mar 2010 Law enforcement officials say they've got one person in custody and are investigating whether a second was involved in a shooting at the Pentagon subway entrance. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still unfolding. They say there's no immediate signs of terrorism but, with information coming in quickly, they haven't ruled anything out... The suspect was also shot. His injuries were described as "pretty critical."
Pentagon on high alert after shooting 05 Mar 2010 The Pentagon has been placed on high alert after a gunman opened fire outside a Metro subway station serving the military complex. Two police officers were grazed by bullets before they returned fire and shot the alleged gunman, who was critically wounded, police said. He later died from his wounds, the US Medical examiner's office said.
Shooting suspect may have had 9/11 conspiracy 04 Mar 2010 There are emerging signs that the suspect in a Pentagon subway station shooting may have harbored resentment for the military and had doubts about the facts [sic] behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The suspect, John Patrick Bedell, died after exchanging gunfire with two police officers. In an Internet posting, a user named JPatrickBedell wrote he was determined to see justice for the 1991 death of a Marine in California. The death was ruled a suicide but has long been the source of coverup theories. The writer said the case would be a step toward revealing the truth behind 9/11.
'The writer said the case would be a step toward revealing the truth behind the 9/11 demolitions.' Pentagon shooter apparently doubted 9/11 facts in Web posting 05 Mar 2010 The gunman in the Pentagon shootings may have harbored resentment for the military and had doubts about the facts behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. John Patrick Bedell, 36, died after exchanging gunfire with two police officers, both of whom were wounded. In an Internet posting, a user named JPatrickBedell wrote that he was determined to see justice for the 1991 death of Marine Col. James Sabow in Orange County, which was ruled a suicide but has long been the source of coverup theories. The writer said the case would be a step toward revealing the truth behind the 9/11 "demolitions."
Pentagon Shooting Suspect Dies of Injuries --Police say Man Calmly Took Out Gun, Started Shooting Near Checkpoint 04 Mar 2010 A gunman coolly drew a weapon from his pocket and opened fire at the teeming subway entrance to the Pentagon complex Thursday evening, wounding two police officers before being shot and fatally wounded, officials said. Pentagon police officers told CBS News that two Pentagon police officers were wounded before the shooter was himself shot - once in the head and once in the shoulder. The medical examiner's office said hours later that the suspect, identifed by law enforcement officials as John Patrick Bedell, 36, had died of his injuries.
Another Manchurian-style shooting: Cops ID Pentagon Shooter, Eye Second Man --John Patrick Bedell showed no emotion 04 Mar 2010 Authorities have identified the man behind today’s shooting at the Pentagon as John Patrick Bedell, 36, and are seeking a second man in connection with the incident, which left two Pentagon police officers injured and Bedell hospitalized. Sources tell AP that law-enforcement agencies--which now include the Secret Service and FBI--are looking at a man who accompanied Bedell to the Pentagon entrance from the Washington subway. Meanwhile, the Pentagon police chief tells CNN that Bedell had "no real emotion in his face" as he approached a screening area. "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. … He did not say a word."
At Least Two Police Injured, Suspect Reported in Custody [Oops! *Not.* Now he's dead.] 04 Mar 2010 Two police officers were injured by a gunman firing shots outside the Pentagon tonight. Hundreds of employees there were ordered to go into "Code Red" -- the entire building locked down, with no one allowed to enter or leave. ABC reported that Pentagon police had a suspect in custody. ABC reported that three ambulances were on the scene, and all parking lots at the massive Defense Department headquarters were closed off. The shooting occurred at the Pentagon Metro Station, which is just outside the Pentagon's main entrance. The shots were fired at about 6:30 p.m. ET.
Pentagon Police Shoot Man Trying to Enter US Military Complex 04 Mar 2010 The Pentagon police chief says security officers have shot a man who tried to enter the U.S. military complex outside Washington, after the man drew a handgun and opened fire. Police chief Richard Keevill says two officers who returned fire were shot by the gunman. He says the officers' injuries are not considered life-threatening, and that the injuries to the gunman are much more severe.
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