I-270 Shooter Update


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Amegatek
December 12, 2003, 06:23 AM
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I-270 SNIPER
Shooter may be firing from car
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Geoff Dutton and John Futty
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


Nervous motorists scanning the woods along I-270 could be looking in the wrong place for the south Outerbelt shooter.

Evidence suggests the shooter, in several of the 15 incidents that lawenforcement officials said are connected, might have fired from a vehicle, perhaps traveling in the opposite direction of the victims’.

Authorities also recently suggested an in-transit shooter.

"We don’t rule anything out, whether stationary or mobile," Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin said.

Of the six reports with detailed information about the paths of the vehicle and trajectories of the bullets, each had been struck on the driver’s side. That would mean the closest shot would have been from another vehicle.

If the shots had come from a stationary position off the freeway, then the shooter repeatedly aimed past the nearest lanes of traffic and, in the case of those on I-270, shot across at least three lanes and the highway median.

Other information that could support the shots being fired from a moving vehicle include:


• A home and a school building were struck by bullets on their sides facing the road.


• A van shot while parked on the Pay Days used-car lot, 3408 S. High St., was hit on the side facing the road. The bullet recovered was fired from the same gun used days later to kill 62-year-old Gail Knisley, authorities announced Tuesday.


• One victim said that when his minivan’s window blew out on Rt. 23, he immediately suspected a shot from an oncoming vehicle as it passed. "I thought whatever happened came from that vehicle," said the victim, Edward Cable. "But there’s no way to know."


• Another victim said a federal agent told him he thinks his house in Obetz north of I-270 had been shot from a vehicle. "They don’t give you any certainties," Don Fitch said of the investigators.


• A laser that investigators shined Saturday through a bullet hole in the Obetz house on Lisle Avenue appeared to point to a guardrail on the opposite side of I-270, meaning the shot could have been fired from a car window.


• On Tuesday, a woman told police that someone pointed a handgun at her from another vehicle while she was driving on I-270 near Rt. 23.

The house and school, both of which were empty when they were hit, could have been struck by stray bullets fired at cars.

Publicly available information about the other shootings is too sketchy to know if they fit the pattern.

In an August shooting, a horse trailer apparently had been shot from above, and the victim reported seeing a group of juveniles standing on an overpass, one with a gun.

The last two shootings police have linked to the case took place Nov. 30. As of yesterday, six of the 15 being investigated have been positively connected with ballistics tests.

Yesterday at the daily news briefing, Martin said the task force had no new information to release but was following up on more than 1,600 leads.

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MuzzleBlast
December 12, 2003, 09:56 AM
Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin said WELL EXCUUUUUUSE ME!

Ironbarr
December 12, 2003, 10:01 AM
I haven't kept up with this... any report about the bullet? Rifle/handgun/caliber?

foghornl
December 12, 2003, 10:13 AM
Nobody has said anything consistant, except "We ain't talking about it".

That is "we don't want to release too many details", which I translate to "We dont have a single freakin' shred of a clue".

I have heard .22 cal, .30 cal, and even .50 cal mentioned. Not sure, but if someone IS blazing away with a .50, whether it is an old "front stuffer" or a .50BMG, I think that someone would have seen SOMETHING. And if all those cals are involved, hey here's a flash for Deputy Martin...IT ISN'T THE SAME GUN. Unless shooter is using something like a TC Contender with several different barrels, which seems highly unlikely.

Hey, who is running this show, anyway? Former near DC Chief Moose-Brain?

Greg L
December 12, 2003, 10:19 AM
Unless shooter is using something like a TC Contender with several different barrels, which seems highly unlikely

Actually if it is someone in a car coming the other way a TC would be a good choice. You could roll your window down & touch off a round with your left hand. Given the lack of deaths (aimed fire) & the apparent random placement of the bullets, this may not be too far off the mark.

Gets you out of the area in a hurry also.

Greg

sturmruger
December 12, 2003, 11:25 AM
Back when we had all the shootings going on in the WA area I was convinced that they sniper was using a TC. The fact that no one every saw anybody walking around with a rifle made me think that it wasn't a rifle. Of course later we found out they were shooting from thier trunk. Which is pretty cowardly, but technically a sound idea if you are trying to avoid getting caught.

Atticus
December 12, 2003, 11:59 AM
I'm glad they finally confirmed the obvious. Now they need to figure out why he is driving around and shooting in such a limited area. No gas money? Car in need of maintenance? Expired plates?

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