from the evansville courier press:
sniper killings spread to d.c.
by stephen manning associated press writer
october 5, 2002
rockville, md. - police linked a sixth death to the sniper killings of five maryland residents friday and said the same high-powered rifle was used to kill at least four of the victims.
police were searching for two men in the shootings and investigating whether a seventh shooting outside a virginia store was part of the same terrifying crime spree.
the sixth victim, a 72-year-old washington, d.c., pedestrian, was killed by the same weapon used to kill at least three of the maryland victims, said special agent michael bouchard of the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. forensic testing was still under way in the two other maryland shootings.
"this brings us to a higher degree of recklessness by this suspect or suspects," police chief charles moose said.
the atf also will examine evidence from the scene of a friday afternoon shooting of a woman outside a crafts store in fredericksburg, va., 55 miles south of rockville, and will test it, moose said.
police were looking for two men in a white van with dark lettering, a description that came from a witness to one of the killings. police pulled over white vans friday and plastered orange stickers on the back to show the vehicles had been checked. moose said investigators were chasing more than 200 leads.
each maryland victim was felled by a single bullet, apparently from a high-powered rifle or handgun. police said evidence indicated the killer was some distance away and used .223-caliber bullets.
the search went on amid a mix of fear and defiance among residents of the economically and culturally diverse slice of the suburban county where the shootings occurred.
all over montgomery county, people did what they usually do on a friday, but they moved slowly and quietly, glancing at trees, bushes and rooftops. many said they were afraid but wouldn't stop getting groceries, going to work or leaving their children with a baby sitter.
"i had to shop. i need to eat. i can't stay at home all day," said kira leonova, who works at a bookstore near one of the slaying scenes. "i have to work and i have a family."
dexter evans, 20, scanned the traffic as he waited for a bus to rockville, and he took a second look at every white truck. "you can't even walk down the street without looking over your shoulder," he said.
schools opened with extra police patrols and calls poured into 911 dispatchers about suspicious noises.
the five maryland victims died within five miles of one another during a 16-hour span wednesday evening and thursday morning. all were gunned down in broad daylight in very public places.
"there's still no information to lead us to think our victims are associated," moose said. "they don't appear to be anyone's enemies, just random targets."
my god, when will it stop?
Oct 5, '02
originally posted by deespoohbear
moose said. "they don't appear to be anyone's enemies, just random targets."
my god, when will it stop?
i'm afraid it won't stop until we're all dead, dee. no one is safe.....no one can escape the tragedies of life.....even the innocent......sad to say.....but, it's true. senseless acts of killing.....makes my stomach churn....riles my blood beyond the boiling point......makes me want to puke.
((((((((((to the victims families)))))))) how will they ever recover from such a tragic loss in their lives! my heart goes out to them all. :kiss
Oct 5, '02
Terrorism at it's lowest! This is just too crazy for me. I certainly would lock my door, pull the shades and only go out if I had to. Is this anyway to live??? How sick are some people in this country going to become? Shooting at random with high-powered rifles......My God!!!!!!! Please let them catch this fool(s) soon.