West Virginia Fears Sniper In Three Killings

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Residents of Charleston, W. Va., are worried that another sniper is on the loose. Two men and a woman have been shot to death outside convenience stores in and near the city, each killed by a small-caliber rifle bullet fired from a distance by an unknown assailant, the Washington Post reports.

Sheriff Dave Tucker, who has warned residents not to linger outside convenience stores, believes that a “serial-type killer” is responsible for the three killings and perhaps a fourth, in March outside a supermarket. Slugs from the recent incidents appear to be of the same caliber and could have been fired from the same rifle. Investigators are searching for a black pickup truck with gold-colored trim driven by a heavyset white man.

“These are the most bizarre killings that we’ve investigated,” said Tucker, in his second four-year term as sheriff in Kanawha, a county of 200,000. In his 38-year law-enforcement career, Tucker, 67, had never dealt with a case like this. “we have to step back and look at the overall pattern. . . . And that’s what makes it so unusual,” he said.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4423-2003Aug16.html

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