Multiple gunshots rang out at a transit station Tuesday at the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C., temporarily placing the building on lockdown.
Pentagon Force Protection Agency announced at 11 a.m. that the Pentagon was on lockdown “due to an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center,” which is just steps away from the Pentagon building. Just over an hour later, the agency tweeted the Pentagon lifted its lockdown and reopened.
Two people familiar with the shooting told the Associated Press at least one person was down after gunfire near the bus platform. The person’s condition was not immediately known.
An AP reporter near the building heard several gunshots, then a pause, then at least one additional shot. Another AP journalist heard police yell “shooter.”
The agency said on Twitter the scene of the incident in Arlington, Virginia, was secure but is still “an active crime scene,” and people should “stay away from the Metro rail entrance and bus platform area.” Transportation at the Pentagon was being diverted to the Pentagon City subway station, the PFPA said.
The Arlington County Fire Department reported “multiple patients,” but it wasn’t immediately clear whether they had been shot and the extent of their injuries were unknown.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were at the White House meeting with President Joe Biden when the incident occurred.
A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment in an email to USA TODAY.
Contributing: The Associated Press