7 Dead in 8 Days: DC Sniper Shootings Now Taking Place Across Larger Area, Near Major Hwys

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Source:
NBC Today Show
Creator:
Katie Couric/David Bloom
Event Date:
10/11/2002
Air/Publish Date:
10/11/2002
Resource Type:
Video News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2002
Clip Length:
00:02:27

Description

In mid-October, 2002, police note a change in the pattern of Washington, DC-area sniper attacks that have left seven dead in eight days: shootings are taking place near major highways, over a larger area, with more time between them. Police say ballistics evidence has linked all the shootings.

Citation

MLA

"7 Dead in 8 Days: DC Sniper Shootings Now Taking Place Across Larger Area, Near Major Hwys." David Bloom, correspondent. NBC Today Show. NBCUniversal Media. 11 Oct. 2002. NBC Learn. Web. 5 September 2012.

APA

Bloom, D. (Reporter), & Couric, K. (Anchor). (2002, October 11). 7 Dead in 8 Days: DC Sniper Shootings Now Taking Place Across Larger Area, Near Major Hwys. [Television series episode]. NBC Today Show. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=47722

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"7 Dead in 8 Days: DC Sniper Shootings Now Taking Place Across Larger Area, Near Major Hwys" NBC Today Show, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 10/11/2002. Accessed Wed Sep 5 2012 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=47722

Transcript

7 Dead in 8 Days: DC Sniper Shootings Now Taking Place Across Larger Area, Near Major Hwys

KATIE COURIC, co-host:

But first, let's get the latest on the situation from NBC's David Bloom in Montgomery County, Maryland.

David, good morning.

DAVID BLOOM reporting:

Good morning, Katie.

As you say, seven dead in just a span of eight days. But in the last three attacks, only one of them fatal, the police say the killer has suddenly changed his methods, taking more time between the attacks, ranging farther afield, and shooting his victims near major highways. Thinking more, police say, about how he's going to escape.

The killing spree which began last week with six fatal shootings in less than 30 hours is now a more slowly unfolding, but a no less grizzly affair. Pumping gas in Manassas, Virginia, Wednesday night, 53-year-old engineer Dean Myers became the sniper's latest victim, shot once in the head. Most likely, law enforcement sources said, with either a Colt AR-15 assault rifle or a Ruger Mini-14 hunting rifle. The sniper again using a trademark .223 caliber round.

Chief CHARLIE DEANE (Prince William County, Virginia, Police): Ballistic evidence has concluded that these cases are linked.

BLOOM: But how does a killing spree turn into a more methodical stalking? James Allen Fox is one of America's leading experts on serial killers.

Mr. JAMES ALLEN FOX: He slowed down his speed, because he's still achieving what he wants which is notoriety, attention, and dominating the press. This man feels special. He feels important. He feels in charge.

BLOOM: Can investigators find him? Tips are pouring into a national phone bank manned by FBI Agents. And authorities tell NBC News that while they have no formal suspects, there are some promising leads, potential suspects under surveillance. Police asking friends and neighbors, were they missing around the time of the attacks.

Twenty-five years ago, another notorious serial killer was taunting police, David Berkowitz. The cop who arrested the so-called "Son of Sam" believes that, like Berkowitz, this unknown sniper will not stop until he's caught.

Mr. EDWARD ZIGO (Former New York Police Department Homicide Detective):

I know he's going to do it again. He likes what he's doing. He likes it, and he likes the challenge he's presenting to the police department.

BLOOM: Like the Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz, but unlike most serial killers, this unknown sniper has reached out to police with a note saying, "I am God," but they say there have been no further communications, certainly not at Wednesday night's shooting save for another innocent victim. Katie...