Federal officials have identified a man with Bay Area ties as the suspect who opened fire on two Pentagon police officers in Washington Thursday night in an attack that has shocked members of the San Jose State University community where the shooter was pursuing a graduate degree. San Jose State University professor David Parent today remembered John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, as a helpful, hardworking and intelligent student.Bedell died from gunshot wounds at about 10 p.m. Thursday, three and a half hours after he allegedly walked up to Pentagon police Officers Jeffery Amos, 46, and Marvin Carraway, 44, at the subway entrance into the Pentagon building and began firing at them, according to a statement on the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Web site.The officers returned fire at Bedell, impeding his attempt to reach the building. Medics responded and transported all three men to George Washington University Hospital. Amos and Carraway were treated and released shortly thereafter, but Bedell succumbed to his injuries.Parent held a news conference this afternoon to talk about Bedell, also known as “J.P.,” an electrical engineering graduate student in his circuit design class at the university.Parent said he has fond memories of Bedell, a hardworking student who generated questions that sparked discussions in class. Bedell had created a Google group to help people learn circuit design and had many friends at the school, Parent said.”He was one of those students you looked forward to having in class,” Parent said.University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said Bedell was in good standing at the school and did not have a criminal record.He had enrolled as an undergraduate in chemical engineering in 1995 and 1996, but left before graduating. He returned to San Jose State University in spring 2008 as a graduate student and remained there through fall 2009, but had not enrolled for the spring term.”It’s just a complete shock and my heart goes out to his family,” Parent said. “I will miss him.”The FBI, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Metro police are collaboratively investigating the shooting.
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