Bullets shatter glass at Marine Corps museum

October 18, 2010

Vandals fired shots at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle early Sunday morning, causing approximately $20,000 worth of damage to the building’s glass roof and a steel wall at the base of the structure.

Museum spokeswoman Gwenn Adams said the building was unoccupied at the time. The museum remains open to the public during the ongoing police investigation.

“No artifacts were damaged,” she said.

Museum officials counted six bullet holes in the glass roof.

Police did not know Monday what type of gun was used or where the bullets were fired from. The side of the building damaged faces Interstate 95.

“The important thing for us is our visitors will not be impacted,” Adams said. “It does not take away from the overall experience of the museum.“

Marine Corps Base Quantico military police, Criminal Investigative Division, is assisting in the investigation.

“The authorities are handling the investigation and we have full confidence that they will find the responsible party or parties,” said Adams.

Adams noted that the museum has on-site security staff and is also equipped with security cameras that cover the interior and exterior of the property.

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