Pentagon locks down after gunshots fired at defence HQs metro station

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The Pentagon has been locked down and multiple people needed emergency medical attention after shots were fired at the defence HQ's metro station on Tuesday

Buses have been redirected and the building was closed to all outsiders.

A queue of ambulances and fire engines were spotted by the Pentagon's transit station, which sees hundreds of buses and underground trains travel through each day.

Multiple gunshots were reportedly heard in the area.

At least one person was reportedly injured, according to two sources although the person's condition was not known.

The incident occurred on a Metro bus platform that is part of the Pentagon Transit Centre, the Pentagon Protection Force Protection Agency tweeted.

Metro subway trains were ordered to bypass the Pentagon.

Local emergency services tweeted at 11.27am DC time (4.27pm UK time): "Scene is still active, [We] did encounter multiple patients. [No further information] on patient status will be provided."

CBS reporter Mary Walsh tweeted: "Pentagon Police Force says there is a shooting outside – at the Metro/bus entrance.

The local Arlington Fire and Emergency Services described the incident as "active violence" and said at least one person was being treated by its paramedics.

The Pentagon itself said it had temporarily shut down due to "police activity", offering no further details.

Former Pentagon employee Joseph Gruber tweeted: "For those not familiar with the DC area, the Metro transit hub next to the Pentagon is a major bus & subway connection.

"It's proximate to the Pentagon but isn't the actual (secured) facility."

It is far from the first time attackers have targeted the US government labyrinth, with the 9/11 attacks including a plane collision into the building – killing 188.

Roughly 27k people work in the Pentagon, which is also the world's largest office building.

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