Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
On October 2, 2002, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the window of a Michaels craft store in Aspen Hill, Maryland, was shattered by a single bullet. This bullet continued through the store, barely missing the cashier on duty and embedding into a rear wall of the store. Less than 1 hour after this incident, a 55-year-old man was shot and killed while walking across a parking lot in Wheaton, Maryland. Although these shootings were initially perceived to be separate and random, law enforcement authorities later recognized these two acts of violence as the first among 13 linked shootings that took place over the next 23 days in what was ultimately known as the D.C. Sniper case. This shooting spree was one of the largest multijurisdictional criminal cases in the history of the United States, spanning Montgomery County, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and as far south as Ashland, Virginia. More than ...