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March 8th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Pentagon security officer knew 'something's about to happen'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Officers Marvin Carraway, from left, Colin Richards and Jeffrey Amos recall Thursday's shooting at the Pentagon."]

(CNN) - Pentagon security officer Marvin L. Carraway Jr. saw the man walking toward him. A split second later, he saw the man's gun.

"When I looked at the shooter, he looked at me and I recognized a certain look on his face," said Carraway. "Once I saw that, what went through my mind - 'This is it, something's about to happen.'"

Authorities say John Patrick Bedell arrived at the Pentagon late Thursday with two 9 mm semi-automatic weapons, at least as many magazines, and a vendetta. The 36-year-old had driven from California to Washington wearing a suit and a calm look. He could have passed for any tourist or worker who went through the security checkpoint every day on the way into the Pentagon.

Officer Colin Richards, who mans the booth with Carraway, looked up to see Bedell point his gun at his colleague and fire.

"The shooter was so close," Richards recalled. "I was surprised he missed. I thought he hit Officer Carraway or hit me."

"There was a lot of chaos," said Carraway, a former Marine, who was grazed by Bedell's bullets and suffered minor injuries. FULL STORY

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  1. Daron S. Alexander

    Dear Kiran,

    I have been a fan of CNN AM for many years. I've always been impressed with the perspective you bring to the news and with the probetive questions you ask of your guests, until today. I felt the question you posed to these security guards was a cheap shot and one that was obviously above their pay grade, no disrespect to you or them. It was obvious to me that their supervisor should have been invited to the show as well. My question – if these guards would have adressed your question about "what should be changed to prevent such a thing from happening again?", would you have fought as hard to help them keep jobs as yoou did in trying to get them to answer your question? PS – I was extremely proud of the way theyresponded.

    Best regards,

    Still A. Fan

    March 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm |