Anniversary Day: Some In D.C. Fear More Snipers

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One year after it became evident that a sniper was shooting innocent bystanders in the Washington, D.C., area, some residents fear a similar attack, the Washington Post says. On Oct. 3, 2002, someone killed four unrelated victims in a single morning in Montgomery County, Md. That evening, a fifth victim was killed in Washington, D.C. Investigators now believe that Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, had already shot 10 or more people in a string that stretched from Tacoma, Wash., to Atlanta. The Post says that “October truly was the season of the sniper — three weeks of fear, anger and disbelief that left 10 dead, three wounded and millions traumatized.”

Fear remains in the area. Boys on soccer teams that were driven indoors by the episode talk matter-of-factly about “next time.” A woman at a shopping center says, “I still come into this mall with an anxious feeling. It’s a combination of a tingling through my body and a tightness. It is the kind of feeling that asks, “What’s going to happen next?” A 67-year-old man says, “There could always be a copycat. The germ has been planted, and some maniacal person might say: ‘That was neat. I’ll do it again.’ ”


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