While the U.S officials are making every attempt not to link the murders in Maryland with terrorism, I find it hard not to connect the dots. Here you have five senseless murders of Americans, out of the blue, without any motive, and threats by terroists to kill Americans at any time how can anyone in their right minds not make a connection to terroism?
Meanwhile, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol communications supervisor said his agency, after receiving information from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, began late last night to broadcast a lookout for a man who is wanted for questioning in the shootings. The supervisor said the man was not described as a suspect.
The Raleigh News & Observer said a bulletin from the ATF said the man had once lived in North Carolina and had been affiliated with militia and white supremacist groups. Now this makes sense in that most of the victims in the attacks appear to be minorities, and home grown terrorism is just as deadly to Americans as the terrorists from the Middle East. What's the difference?
"Whoever is involved in this madness, rethink what you're doing," Montgomery Police Chief Charles A. Moose said last night, speaking at a news conference. "Turn yourself in. Surrender to law enforcement."
The ballistics tests reported last night established the connection between the District shooting and three of the Thursday morning attacks in Montgomery. Authorities said it may not be possible to reach the same conclusion about the bullet fragments from the other two Montgomery attacks because of the poor condition of those bullets.
Maryland police said Friday they were looking for two men in the sniper slayings of five people in suburban Washington and were investigating whether two more shootings were part of the same terrifying crime spree.
``You've got a driver, you've got a shooter,'' Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose said. Police said the description of men in a white van came from a witness to one of the murders.
Now, authorities were also trying to determine whether a 72-year-old man shot to death Thursday night on a Washington street was connected to the Maryland slayings. And Friday afternoon, a woman was shot in the back as she loaded packages into her car outside a crafts store in Fredericksburg, Va., 55 miles south of here. Her condition was not immediately known.
The crafts store is part of the Michaels chain; the window of a Michaels store in Maryland was shot at Wednesday night, 45 minutes before the killing spree began. Police said it was too early to tell if the Virginia shooting was related.
Moose said investigators would wait for forensic results before deciding whether Pascal Charlot, 72, of Washington, was the sixth victim of the apparently random attacks.
``I'm not denying we have extreme interest, but we are going to wait for the science,'' Moose said. While the cops are waiting for more evidence, they could be putting Americans lives on the line.
Police hunting for the killers pulled over white vans Friday and plastered orange stickers on the back to show the vehicles had been checked. Moose said investigators were chasing more than 200 leads. It appears the cops are on the wrong track, chasing a white truck like a dog chases a bell on its tail.
Each Maryland victim was felled by a single bullet, apparently from a high-powered rifle or handgun. Police said evidence indicated the killer was some distance away and used .223-caliber bullets.
Consider this; what if a terrorist sleeper cell of white supremacists is out to take revenge for 911, and is hatching a plan to go around the country killing Black Americans at-large. How unreasonable of a leap is that?
Given that we don't have a clue who or what these racists are doing these days, and what their intentions are against Americans of color because of 911, I suggest we all should be watching our backs because our government is too stupid to protect us.
Again, U.S. officials are putting our lives in the hands of a bunch of Keystones Cops who maybe so stupid that they are overlooking the obvious like they did in 911.
The search went on amid a mix of fear and defiance among residents of the economically and culturally diverse slice of the suburban county where the shootings occurred.
All over Montgomery County, people did what they usually do on a Friday, but they moved slowly and quietly, glancing at trees, bushes and rooftops. Many said they were afraid but wouldn't stop getting groceries, going to work or leaving their children with a baby sitter.
``I had to shop. I need to eat. I can't stay at home all day,'' said Kira Leonova, who works at a bookstore near one of the slaying scenes. ``I have to work and I have a family.''
Dexter Evans, 20, scanned the traffic as he waited for a bus to Rockville, and he took a second look at every white truck. ``You can't even walk down the street without looking over your shoulder,'' he said.
Schools opened with extra police patrols and calls poured into 911 dispatchers about suspicious noises.
``People are on edge,'' Moose said. ``We're all human. We're all afraid.'' Officers have collected security camera videos from businesses near the shooting scenes. Moose said authorities were reviewing a surveillance tape from one of the scenes, declining to release details except to say ``it has been helpful.''
Joseph Riehl, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said a person with reasonable shooting skills could accurately use a weapon with .223-caliber bullets from about 150 yards. Riehl said such weapons can be accurate up to about 650 yards.
All five victims died within five miles of one another during a 16-hour span Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. All were gunned down in broad daylight in very public places: two at gas stations, one outside a grocery, another outside a post office and the fifth as he mowed the grass at an auto dealership.
``There's still no information to lead us to think our victims are associated,'' Moose said. ``They don't appear to be anyone's enemies, just random targets.''
Carin Saez, 27, found herself going back to school Friday to pick up her 12-year-old niece, deciding it was too dangerous. Saez said she would not let her own children go back to school until the killer was caught.
``I was petrified to even go to the store last night,'' Saez said. ``My kids were scared. They didn't even want to go outside. They're more scared now than on September 11.''
Ruth Reyes, a teacher's assistant at Julia Brown Montessori School in Olney, was spooked.
``Now I feel like I can't stop at a traffic light,'' she said. ``I turn my face and wonder, 'What is on my right and my left?' I don't know who is around me.''
Officials at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville canceled a Friday night pep rally and police were posted at the football game against rival Wooten High. Dani Young, a 17-year-old senior, said: ``It kind of ruins the mood of homecoming.''
In Bethesda, Mary Patterson said as she leaving home for a hair appointment: ``I'm not afraid. After all, I'm 81 years old my time could be anytime.''