a citizen’s journal by Thomas Nephew

Persons of interest in serial sniper case

Posted by Thomas Nephew on October 24th, 2002

John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo would be very smart to turn themselves in in relation to the DC serial sniper attacks. Chief Moose has just said that a warrant for arrest on federal gun charges has been issued for Mr. Muhammad (formerly Williams), but the man should not be assumed to be the sniper; he and/or Mr. Malvo may may have information about the shooter. They may be driving a burgundy or blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, with New Jersey plates NDA 21Z, or a white vehicle with the Maryland tag ZWE517.

An image of Mr Muhammad can be seen here. Chief Moose said he is a black man, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighing about 180 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous. Mr. Malvo is said to be 17, it’s not clear whether he faces any charges.

Meanwhile, here are some sensible guidelines for being a good witness, from the Montgomery County Police Department. Sightings of Mr. Muhammad should be called in to 911 or 1-888-324-9800.

Other news links: Washington Post, New York Times, full text of Chief Moose’s statement.

Update, 1PM: It looks like these are the guys: “the right kind of rifle,” i.e., a gun capable of shooting .223 caliber or similar rounds, was in their car, as well as a tripod used to steady the gun. The car had been modified to allow access to the trunk from inside, as well as with a hole to shoot out of somehow. Ballistics tests presumably by the end of the day…

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