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Tests May Tell Authorities if Suburban Sniper Has Struck Again
Aired October 21, 2002 - 05:31 ET
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CATHERINE CALLAWAY, CNN ANCHOR: Ballistic tests may tell authorities today if the suburban sniper has struck again. Authorities trying to find out if a man that was shot Saturday night in Ashland is the sniper's latest victim.
We're going to to go CNN's Bill Prasad, who is joining us from Rockville, Maryland -- Bill, I understand they were able to remove that bullet.
BILL PRASAD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's correct. That man who was shot on Saturday night, the 37-year-old man, is in critical condition at this hour and, of course, we're expecting or hoping that ballistics tests will be completed today and we will, indeed, find out if this latest shooting is related to a series of shootings that we've seen since October 2.
Now, authorities have been scouring the woods behind the Ponderosa restaurant. Sources are telling CNN police found forensic evidence there, possibly left by the shooter. Sources also say that authorities are trying to communicate with the sniper, who reportedly left a message either at or near the restaurant.
Police yesterday had perhaps their shortest and most mysterious news conference. The chief from Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Police Department, Chief Moose, saying, "You gave us a telephone number. We do want to talk to you. Call us at that number you provided." Once again, sources telling CNN that Chief Moose is trying to reach out to the sniper.
As for the man who was shot on sty night, he remains in critical condition and he may have more surgery today -- back to you.
CALLAWAY: Bill, it's very curious about what happened yesterday with the chief's comments. Any word from there on what he may have meant by that?
PRASAD: It is very mysterious and he wouldn't take any questions. Now, sources are saying that most likely he is trying to establish a dialogue with the sniper in hopes that somehow the sniper will yield information that would lead to his arrest. Of course, they're really hoping that the sniper would give himself up.
It is not uncommon for killers to reach out and communicate to police. We saw David Berkowitz do that, the Son of Sam slayings in the '70s in New York, and we also saw the Zodiac killer reach out to police and try to establish a dialogue.
CALLAWAY: All right, Bill, thank you.
That's Bill Prasad joining us from Rockville, Maryland.
The next police briefing in the sniper shooting case is scheduled for noon Eastern time and when it happens CNN will bring that to you live.
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