Highway Shut To Seek Sniper Clues; Reward Doubled


A red laser beam swept across a closed section of the south Outerbelt near Columbus, Ohio, Saturday night as law enforcement officials tried to trace the origin of a bullet that killed a woman on Nov. 25. Using the Pontiac in which Gail Knisley was riding when she was fatally shot on I-270, a laser threaded through the bullet hole in the driver-side door beamed an eerie light into the woods just north of the highway, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Investigators on foot occasionally stopped and used flashlights to scour the woods and drainage ditches. Deputy sheriffs wearing camouflage scanned the area with night-vision binoculars.

Authorities say the bullet that killed Knisley came from the same gun as did four other bullets –one shot through an elementary school window, another through a house, and two that lodged in two other vehicles. Authorities believe a total of 14 shootings are linked.

The reward doubled to $20,000 for a tip leading to the indictment of the south Outerbelt shooter, said WBNS-TV.

Link: http://www.dispatch.com/reports-story.php?story=dispatch/2003/12/07/20031207-A1-00.html

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