West Virginia authorities issued an artist’s rendering of the suspect in three killings near convenience stores and confirmed that the three all were killed with the same rifle. The Charleston Gazette says investigators believe the man was driving a dark-colored extended cab pickup truck.
The killings resulted in an investigation into the possibility that a sniper is shooting victims at random, as happened last fall in Washington, D.C., and its suburbs. A federal, state and local police task force has been working on the cases since last Friday.
FBI agent Jeff Killeen said federal agencies have committed a “significant” number of officers and resources to the case. The task force is working from a National Guard armory at Coonskin, which was equipped with computers and telephones. “It was like a walk-in command post,” Killeen said. The task force includes FBI and ATF agents that worked on last year’s sniper case and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Authorities gave little credence to a report of a 16-year-old girl being shot at Wednesday night outside a convenience store. No bullet was found and the girl’s description of a speeding pickup truck does not match the pickup they are seeking.