Skip to comments.D.C. on Alert As Sniper Roams Free
Posted on 10/05/2002 6:15:53 AM PDT by SLB
ROCKVILLE, Md.- A series of six fatal sniper shootings has shaken the Washington, D.C., suburbs, even as officials urge wary residents to go about their normal business.
But law enforcement authorities are worried.
"My level of concern about the ability of the suspect to strike again is high," said Charles Moose, the Montgomery County police chief, late Friday. "This brings us to a higher degree of recklessness by this suspect or suspects."
"We implore him to surrender, stop this madness," Moose said.
On Friday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said testing showed the same high-powered rifle had been used to kill at least four of six shooting victims. Five victims were shot in Maryland; one was gunned down in Washington, D.C.
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.
"The four shootings were done with the same firearm," he said, adding that forensic testing was still under way in the two other Maryland fatal shootings.
Bouchard also said ATF agents would examine evidence collected from the scene of a shooting Friday outside a crafts store in Fredericksburg, Va., 55 miles south of Rockville to see if it was related. A woman was shot in the back, but survived the attack.
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 500 leads.
Each Maryland victim was felled by a single bullet. 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.
Meanwhile, all over Montgomery County, people appeared to carry on with business as usual - though with a lot more caution. 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.
Five of the victims died within five miles of one another during a 16-hour span between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. All were gunned down in broad daylight in very public places: two at gas stations, one outside a grocery, another outside a post office and the fifth as he mowed the grass at an auto dealership.
"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."
Carin Saez, 27, found herself going back to school Friday to pick up her 12-year-old niece, deciding it was too dangerous. Saez said she would not let her own children go back to school until the killer was caught.
"I was petrified to even go to the store last night," Saez said. "My kids were scared. They didn't even want to go outside. They're more scared now than on September 11."
Officials at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville canceled a Friday night pep rally and police were posted at the football game against rival Wooten High. Dani Young, a 17-year-old senior, said: "It kind of ruins the mood of homecoming."
In Bethesda, Mary Patterson said as she leaving home for a hair appointment: "I'm not afraid. After all, I'm 81 years old - my time could be anytime."
Gotta love her for that comment.
Nice of them to advertise this pertinent bit of info.
The second amendment is the original homeland defense system.
That outta get their attention..the words of a true warrior...
Better work up some more profiles...
25-35 yrs of age
Trailer Trash or Columbine types
Gun lovers, Gun lovers, Gun lovers
Read Gun magazines
Hunt (like to kill innocent animals) like "moose un squiverrl"
Found at rifle ranges every where
Ride Motorcycles or mountain bikes
Former military or active duty or wish they were either...
Could be Japanese
Wished they couldda been at Waco or Ruby Ridge
Like to shoot BB guns as kids
Were in the boy scouts
Spout off about the constitution and other radical documents
heterosexuals...or frustrated homosexuals who wished they were heterosexuals
had pimples as kids...
Got mad at somebody and said so
Are hispanic or arab but probably white
ex Russian KGB now Russian Mafia
Disgruntled Indians being ripped off by casino managers..
Really butch disgruntled lesbians who wish they were more feminine lesbians..
have drivers licenses but are the type who would drive without one...
are overweight but could also be skinny
like puppies but hate kitties
am open to other suggestions
C:\windows\cookies\MY HARDDRIVE NAME\@fastclick.txt
The file remains on my PC until I remove it. I was told that Ad-Aware flags hidden add related files that could be broadcasting information from my PC. I wonder if this is an accurate accessment, or if Ad-Aware is just another program to fascinate computer dummies like me.
He couldn't find a crack dealer in NE Portland if one walked up to Moose to turn himself in!!
If this is terrorism, then mission accomplished.
"You'll shoot both your eyes out!"
I'm sure the sniper will take this advice and surrender immediately.
What the hell do they put in the water in Maryland!
I have, 5.50.4......... But will soon upgrade. I was just curious about the Drudge site and about the claims of Ad-Ware.
"We have Nicaragua, soon we will have El Salvador, Guatamela, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico. One day, tomorrow or five years or fifteen years from now, we're going to take five to ten million Mexicans and they are going into Dallas, into El Paso, into Houston, into New Mexico, into San Diego and each one will have embedded in his mind the idea of killing ten Americans.
-- Thomas Borge, Nicaragua Interior Minister, as quoted in the Washington Times, March 27, 1985.
To all this I would consider adding, in this case, possessing and willing to use a bulletproof vest.
Now I understand how the Israelis feel about homicide bombers.
Former N.C. Man Wanted For Questioning In Shooting Spree
Man Is Reportedly Affilliated With White Supremacist Groups
POSTED: 9:35 a.m. EDT October 5, 2002
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Federal authorities reportedly want to question a former North Carolina resident about a string of fatal shootings in Montgomery County and Washington. The Raleigh news and Observer reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has issued a bulletin for Robert Gene Baker III, (pictured, right).
Baker is a former Raleigh resident, but it's unclear when he last lived there. Federal agents believe he's heading south from Washington and may have associates in Virginia and North Carolina.
The ATF reports says Baker's family members reported him missing on Monday. The report doesn't say where his family lives.
The bulletin described Baker as a drug user affiliated with various militia and white supremacist groups. He is white, 5-feet-9 and 195 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and tattoos on both arms and back.
He was said to be traveling south in a white 2000 GMC van with dark lettering. The vehicle has a Maryland registration.
The ATF says Baker is armed with a handgun and high-powered rifle and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Investigators say the bullets used in three of the five fatal shootings in Montgomery County, Md., and one in Washington, D.C., were all fired from the same weapon.
An agent from the ATF says tests of the shell fragments yielded the match. Investigators are still analyzing fragments from two other fatal shootings in Montgomery County that police believe are linked to the others.
Investigators say the same weapon was used to shoot a cab driver at an Aspen Hill Mobil station, a woman at a Kensington Shell station, another woman in front of a post office in Silver Spring, and a 72-year-old man walking on Georgia Avenue, just inside the District line.
Police are still awaiting test results from a non-fatal shooting Friday in Spotsylvania County, Va. Killer May Strike Again
A Maryland police official says he's really worried that a multiple killer could strike again.
Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose says the suspect or suspects have shown a high degree of recklessness especially using the same gun in several killings. He says his worry level is high.
Moose begged the killer to surrender and "stop the madness."
October 4, 2002: Police Link D.C. Shooting To Suburban Attacks
October 3, 2002: Profilers Say Maryland Shooter Will Strike Again
Victims Of Shooting Spree
James Martin, 55, of Silver Spring, Md. Killed about 6:04 p.m. Wednesday, in the parking lot of Shoppers Food Warehouse grocery store in Wheaton
James L. "Sonny" Buchanan, 39, of Arlington, Va. Killed about 7:41 a.m. Thursday, while riding a lawnmower at Fitzgerald Auto Mall in White Flint. Buchanan's company provided landscaping services for the dealership
Prenkumar Walekar, 54, of Olney, Md. Killed about 8:12 a.m. Thursday, at a Mobil gas station, Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue in the Aspen Hill area
Sarah Ramos, 34, of Silver Spring, Md. Killed about 8:37 a.m. Thursday, outside a post office at 3802 International Boulevard in Silver Spring
Laurie Ann Lewis-Rivera, 25, of Silver Spring, Md. Killed about 9:58 a.m. Thursday at a Shell gas station at Knowles and Connecticut avenues in Kensington
THE REPUBLICANS TOOK BACK THE SENATE.
Where is it at? Don't think I can buy anything after last night's Harry Berry fund raiser but you never know.
He musta went tru a real metamorfesus since the mornin' ;-)
Is that cheesy?
(No, I wasn't taking a shower, but I was fixing Mrs. BenLurkin an omelette and only caught part of what he said.)
The Charles Whitman story. Worth reading.
Are they sure about this? I thought guns weren't allowed in DC? Especially those that would be propelling .223 caliber rounds. Someone must be mistaken.
...saying "vote yes for the renewal of the Brady Bill"
This is the exact mission training films that were captured in Afghanistan depict. Perhaps we have seen a test run. No reason this won't work in any populated metropolitan area--to some degree it is surprising that we have a description of the shooting van and occupants.
You assume these guys are Arabs--the Hispanic lable is just an effort to be Politically Correct.
As depicted, the van is supposed to shoot from a significant range (600-900 yards) and with a silencer (the 5.56 NATO round is not very noisy anyway); it is pretty difficult to identify the source of the shooter.
I also have some difficulty thinking about what I would do to respond if I were standing there watching it happen with my own M-14 or riot gun--if you were in range, you might shoot at tires on the van.
If they dispatch fifty van teams around the country, what do we do about it and how long do we think it would take to shut them down? Bet this van is no longer white but now yellow, or orange, or blue or some other color. No reason they need this big a van--could be done with a minivan or pickup--the idea is to give the shooter a stable platform; in some of the training films, the shooter was using a pickup with a canopy.
They could dispatch 100 of these for a capital investment of $50,000 and 200 men exposed; we would never catch all 200--they might have a few casualties but probably not many.
If the government is going to continue to deprive us of our own weapons for self defense, what are they going to do to protect us against direct armed attacks?
Not at all...I was just messin' witcha.
This guy may actually be competent..I hope so.
Not until after a Communist and/or socialist leadership has had a few years to get them ready, starve them for a month, ship them to the Mexican border and point them northward after saying *Food!* and ringing Pavlov's bell for them. In this case, that would be the playing of General Santa Anna's Deguello...
It's about the same with me. My electrical engineer son sent the link for Ad-Aware. He said that it was supposed to remove spyware cookies. I assume that means you have to keep it updated. If Drudge is loading us up with spyware, then it doesn't speak well for his site.
That was essentially the case with the two Turkish Muslims in 1914 at the Australian mining town of Broken Hill, who opened fire on a holiday excursion train of miners and their families, killing several including some children, until dealt with by a miner's militia and mounted police patrol. Though it had taken several months for the word of a call to Jihad by the Grand Muftyi of Jerusalem to appear in newspapers that reached them once they learned of it, they spent an evening in oprayer and chanting, loaded up their *assault vehicle* [an ice-cream wagon] with rifles, ammunition and a homemade crescent flag, and set off about their deadly mission for their Religion of Peace.
If you're ever in the New South Wales area, check out the police museum, where a pair of rusting rifles, the flag and wheels of their cart are still on display- or were back around 1975, at any rate. The incident was among those considered by the writers of the *Mad Max* film screenplay.
But it's also worth considering the possibility that the shooters are terrorists working on a command *dead man's switch* with orders to begin depredations if they do not receive orders to the contrary at 6-month, annual or other periods, or on memorable anniversary dates or even birthdays. Anyone know conclusively when bin-Laden's date of birth was?
Did you see a different press conference? He made so many "foo-pahs" (his pronunciation) it was embarassing -- like going into a long and convoluted explanation about a vehicle being taken to Montgomery County for forensic tests, without explaining whose vehicle it was. When pressed by reporters, he said it was from the "Arlingon" shooting, then had to apologize and explain there was no shooting in Arlington.
Then he went into a long explanation of why they won't be processing the vehicle until 2 pm this afternoon: bottom line being that the forensics team is "tired." I'm sure the families of the victims, and the people of Maryland and Virginia are tired of being terrorized, but by all means, let's not overtax law enforcement!
Sorry, this guy is way over his head, and inspires zero confidence, IMHO.
The most bizarre thing about this case is that Moose is the former police chief of Portland, Oregon, home of the northeast Islamic jihad team that was arrested yesterday. Too weird.