D.C. sniper's rampage - October 2002

By Aaron Gilchrist - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –       It was an agonizing three weeks of terror that stretched from suburban Maryland into the nation's capital and down through northern Virginia into Ashland.

Fourteen shootings, 10 killed, 3 wounded, thousands of us living in fear.

October 2, 2002... The windows of Montgomery County, Maryland craft store shot out... No one hurt. And then the carnage begins...

Forty minutes later, a 55-year old man gunned down in a grocery store parking lot also in Montgomery County.  James Martin died.

7:40 a.m. on October 3, a landscaper is shot dead while mowing the grass at a car dealership in the same county.

Thirty minutes pass and a cab driver is murdered at a Mobil gas station while filling up his car.

The shooter drives 25 minutes to Silver Spring and opens fire outside a post office... A young woman loses her life.

That day's rampage didn't end there... Just over an hour passes and another woman is killed this time at Shell gas station... And fear grips every motorist and person on the street.

Then the lull... 12 hours go by before a 72-year old man is shot and killed on a street in Washington, D.C. near the Montgomery county line. Five killed in one day... But tomorrow came too soon.

Shooting Number 8 outside a Michael's craft store in Fredericksburg.  The 43-year old woman survives.

Three days of quiet before the shootings return to Maryland.  This time in bowie a 13-year old boy is shot outside his middle school. Iran Brown would also survive.

Two days later, back to Virginia.  Dean Meyers is killed at A Sunoco gas station in Manassas.  His death would be what put Muhammad on death row.

Then the sniper struck again, October 11... A Philadelphia man shot and killed at a gas station in Fredericksburg.

Shooting 12, October 14.  Linda Franklin dies in a Home Depot parking garage in Falls Church.

Then to Metro Richmond five days later.  A traveler is shot in the parking lot of the Ponderosa restaurant in Ashland.  Jeff Hopper would also survive.

Suddenly what we thought was a break.  A white van discovered at a gas station at Broad and Parham in Henrico.  Two men were taken into custody.  Ultimately, they were let go.

On October 22, a bus driver is shot dead in Maryland less than half a mile from where the shooting began 20 days earlier.

Finally, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are caught at 3 a.m. on October 24 sleeping at a rest stop in Frederick County, Maryland.

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