And The Coast Guard Makes Five

It looks like our mystery sniper wants to collect the complete set of military branches.

Authorities link shooting at Coast Guard center to 4 others

Cleaners at the Marine Corps museum near Quantico noticed spots on windows they thought were bird droppings one recent Sunday. They turned out to be bullet holes.

Since that discovery, the same weapon has been used four more times to fire at U.S. military facilities in Northern Virginia.

The gunman has taken aim only at night or early in the morning, when the buildings would be vacant or sparsely populated, and authorities said they don’t think he or she is out to hurt anyone. The shooter might be trying to send a message, officials said, but they don’t know what the message is. As they search for the person, the questions remain: Who and why?

“Sometimes it is just for the thrill,” said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston. “Sometimes it’s for the sake of power and control. Or maybe he just wants to wreak havoc on the military.”

The incidents began the night of Oct. 16. or early the next morning, when shots were fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle. The Pentagon was hit a few days later. A U.S. Marine recruiting center in Chantilly was next. Then the shooter returned to the Marine Corps museum.

On Wednesday, authorities announced that a fifth shooting of a U.S. military facility in Northern Virginia was part of the same spree. This time shots were fired at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge. As in the other cases, no one was injured.

See also:
Coast Guard Shooting Linked to 4 Others: FBI
FBI: Coast Guard shooting linked to four others
FBI links shooting at Coast Guard office to others
FBI: 5th Washington-area shooting linked to earlier incidents at military buildings
FBI links shootings in Washington DC area
5th shooting linked to same gun
Coast Guard Target of 5th Military Shooting
FBI: Coast Guard building shooting connected to other military shootings
FBI Reaches Out To Shooter In Military Site Attacks
Confirmed Sniper On The Loose

How many of these types of facilities are in the area? You’d think law enforcement would have them all pretty much staked out by now. Whoever the sniper is, they’re fairly consistent as to the type of target and when they operate. It would be a good thing if the sniper was caught before they change their mind and start shooting people instead of buildings.

/anyway, the sniper still needs the Air Force, Army, and Navy to collect the complete set of service branches

They’ll Call Your Piracy And Raise Death

Talk about upping the ante.

Commercial ship strikes back in deadly shootout with Somali pirates

Private security guards protecting a commercial ship shot dead a Somali pirate Tuesday, the first recorded incident of its kind.

The pirate attack on the Panamanian-flagged MV Almezaan occurred off the coast of Somalia, and comes at a time when increasing numbers of commercial ships are hiring private armed security units to protect them during their passage through the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea. While US and French Navy crews have killed Somali pirates before during hostage rescues on the high seas, today’s shooting shows that the Somali piracy problem is potentially growing more violent.

“This could be the beginning of a violent period,” says E.J. Hogendoorn, head of the Horn of Africa program at the International Crisis Group’s office in Nairobi. “If [the pirates] see guys with shiny barrels pointing at them, they might fire first.”

‘Pirate’ dies as ship’s guards repel attack off Somalia

A suspected pirate has been shot dead as private guards repelled an attack on a cargo ship off Somalia, in what may have been the first such incident.

Guards aboard the Panamanian-flagged MV Almezaan returned fire after the ship was attacked – the third time in a year that pirates had targeted the ship.

The EU naval force (Navfor) said a team from an EU warship found the dead man after responding to a distress call.

Six other suspected pirates were detained by a Spanish Navfor ship.

The ESPS Navarra found one pirate mother ship and two skiffs. The mother ship was destroyed after the suspects were taken into custody, Navfor said.

Navfor spokesman Cmdr John Harbour told the BBC News website that he believed there was strong evidence to prosecute the six suspects detained.

“All the evidence suggests that there was a fire-fight,” he said.

Bullet-holes were found in the skiffs in which they were found, he added.

See also:
Security guards shoot dead Somali pirate in attack on MV Almezaan cargo ship
Pirate killed in failed hijacking off Somalia, EU says
Somali pirate killed by private guards
Somali pirate killed by ship’s guards in thwarted attack
Suspected pirate shot dead off Somalia
Private guards kill Somali pirate for first time
Somali pirate killed in cargo ship hijack shooting
In First, Private Guards Kill Somali Pirate
Somali Pirate Killed By Private Security Guards
Pirate shot dead in attack on UAE ship
Suspected pirate shot, six arrested

Well, maybe the pirates will think twice now that the stakes have been raised to this point. Finally, these commercial ships are applying the proper penalty to pirates that’s been accepted throughout history.

/the only good pirate is a dead pirate!