2 Officers Shot Outside Pentagon

A man shot two officers causing them to return fire and shoot the gunman after the man was asked for his pass into the Pentagon Thursday night, CNN said.

The motive for the shooting is still unclear, although Fox News confirmed the man to be 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, Fox News said.

The man was cool and collected when he approached the officers, trying to get inside the Pentagon around 6:40 p.m., police told Fox News. The officers asked for his pass and he immediately pulled out a gun and began firing.

"He reached into his pocket and they assumed he was going to get out his pass and he just started shooting," Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevil told Fox News. The officers were "grazed" and fired back promptly.

Keevil refused to identify the gunman, CNN said.

Entrances to the Pentagon were locked for a short period of time but were reopened, excluding the Pentagon Metro entrance, the Pentagon said in a statement, CNN reported.

The two officers and the gunman are being treated at the George Washington Hospital according to Lisa McDonald, a spokeswoman for the hospital, CNN said.

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