Suspect in Ohio Shootings Is Arrested in Las Vegas
By CHRISTINE HAUSER
The suspect in a series of sniper shootings along highways in Ohio
in the past year was arrested today in Las Vegas after a tip led
authorities to his hotel, according to the law enforcement
authorities in that city.
The suspect, Charles A. McCoy Jr., was picked up at his room
early this morning at the Budget Suites hotel in Las Vegas after a
citizen notified authorities, said a spokesman for the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, Todd Palmer. "They believed they had
seen this individual," Mr. Palmer said in a telephone
The police in Columbus, Ohio, had issued a warrant this week
charging Mr. McCoy with felonious assault in a Dec. 15 shooting that
damaged a house in Franklin Township, one of two dozen shootings in
that area that began last May. One of the shootings was fatal. The
police believe that at least some of the attacks are related.
At a news conference this week in Columbus, the sheriff's
office released a photograph of Mr. McCoy and appealed to the public
for information on his whereabouts. Mr. McCoy, 28, was described by
the sheriff's office as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 185 pounds,
with green eyes and brown hair.
After the tip-off, authorities set up surveillance in Las
Vegas and identified Mr. McCoy as the suspect. His vehicle was also
found. Mr. McCoy was apprehended without incident, and local
authorities are now awaiting the arrival of Ohio police officials,
said Mr. Palmer.
The shootings began in May but increased in number last fall.
They became deadly in November, when a 62-year-old woman, Gail
Knisley, was shot as she rode in a friend's car.
Public records for a Charles A. McCoy Jr. with the same age
and physical description show 12 traffic convictions in the last
decade, mainly for speeding but also for driving while intoxicated.
His most recent speeding conviction was in November, the month Ms.
Knisley was shot.
The bullets in the 24 shootings have been fired mostly at
vehicles on highways but also at homes, at a school and at parked
vehicles. The shootings have taken place on Interstate 270 in
central Ohio, as well as Route 23, one of the Interstate's main
In the latest shooting, on Feb. 14, a sport utility vehicle
was struck on a highway near Columbus.
The police have said that ballistics tests show that four
shots, three into vehicles and one into an elementary school, came
from the same gun. They include the shot that killed Ms. Knisley.
Investigators have said they believe that at least eight other shots
into vehicles traveling in the area were fired by the same person or
Late Tuesday afternoon, Amy Walton, Mr. McCoy's sister, read a
statement to reporters on the front lawn of the house her brother
shared with her mother, imploring Mr. McCoy to turn himself in.
"Charlie, we all love you very, very much and we're all
concerned for your well-being," Ms. Walton said. "Mom and
I need you to call us. We will arrange for you to come home. We love
you, we miss you."
In an interview with WBNS-TV, Ms. Walton described Mr. McCoy
as very close to his mother, Ardith McCoy, who neighbors said had
divorced his father last year. "We are not angry at all at
him," she said. "We are very saddened."
Mr. McCoy's mother filed a missing-person report with the
police on Saturday, saying she last saw her son on Friday. The
report said Mr. McCoy seemed upset by "a possible move,"
withdrew $600 from his bank account and went to a local mall to play
video games before disappearing.
James Dao contributed reporting from Columbus for this
Victims of the Ohio sniper are relieved
By MATTHEW MARX
The Columbus Dispatch
March 16, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ever since the Ohio highway shooter took aim
at them, his victims have felt everything from anger to fear to just plain
relief that they are alive.
The victims, linked because their attacker used a 9 mm Beretta or
because of geography, were relieved after hearing a suspect has been
identified and charged.
Ten of the 13 victims reached by telephone, some of whom had refused
to talk to the news media in the past, were comfortable enough to share
their elation, even though suspect Charles A. McCoy Jr. remained at large.
"Wow! That's a place to start. At least there's somebody they
have that could potentially be the one," said Jared Williams, 26.
Williams' GMC Jimmy was struck by gunfire on I-270 on Nov. 25, the
same day Gail Knisley was fatally shot on the same highway.
"If it is that person, everyone should get in line and clock
this person. I would like to blast him a couple times," Williams
He has driven the same route three or four times a week since the
shooting, figuring it was unlikely he would be shot twice, he said.
The emotions of Don Fitch, whose home was a target of the highway
shooter overnight on Nov. 30, ran the gamut Monday night.
At first, he was pleased to hear authorities had named a suspect.
Then Fitch, who was interviewed twice by investigators in February, was
relieved that the task force didn't accuse him.
"It cleared me completely, and my name had been called in
several times," said Fitch, 38.
But after hearing that McCoy lives less than two miles from his
home, Fitch became angry.
"Wow. That is real close," he said. "I have been in
his sights the whole time."
Fitch added, "I just want to know why? Why shoot cars on the
freeway? Why put this community in fear and terrorize people because at
first it could have been an accident.
"Now it's murder. Why didn't you quit?"
William Briggs, 56, a truck driver with Yellow Freight whose window
on his 18-wheeler was shot out Oct. 19, said that finding McCoy won't take
long, but the courts will have to prove he's the one.
"I'm just glad they almost got the moron. I'm going from here
to Chicago and I'll keep an eye out for him," Briggs said.
Now that his name and face are out there, McCoy may be more likely
to surrender, said Henry Foster, 54, a United Parcel Service driver who
reported that his truck was shot on Nov. 17.
"I'm thinking he might be running scared. I hope he turns
himself in," Foster said.
At least two victims asked to remain unidentified because they were
worried, one about being attacked by the shooter and the other about being
bothered by TV reporters.
"If this person is psycho enough just to be shooting people at
the side of the road, then I'm worried about my family's safety," one
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March 7, 2004
from The Washington Post
Ohio sniper emboldened, specialists say
Daylight shooting by man on overpass linked to
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The day after the chief investigator said
authorities were closing in on a serial highway shooter, a man stood in
plain view on an overpass and fired a handgun at the cars below. He then
walked to his car and slipped into traffic.
Ballistics testing has confirmed that the Saturday morning shooting was
the 24th in a series in the Columbus area, investigators said yesterday.
No one was injured in that shooting.
The bullet recovered from the battery of a sport utility vehicle struck
on Interstate 70 matches eight others recovered during the investigation,
including the one that killed a woman in November, according to a release.
The others have been linked by factors including location and
Specialists said the shooter is becoming bolder after evading capture
for three months, when authorities first established a pattern in the
"He's sending a message to police: `You're not as close as you
think you are. I can shoot in broad daylight, and you still won't find
me,' " said Jack Levin, a criminologist and director of the Brudnick
Center on Violence at Northeastern University.
On Friday, the chief investigator, Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve
Martin, said he felt confident in the investigation's progress. "We
feel that we're getting closer all the time," Martin said. "We
are doing exactly what we need to do."
The next day, the shooter escaped despite police aircraft dispatched
within moments of the victim's cellphone call. The shooter even appeared
"casual" and indifferent to witnesses, Martin said.
Witnesses said a man stood on a county road over the freeway and fired
a handgun at a Chevy Suburban. They described him as a clean-shaven white
male in his 30s with dark hair, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and driving
a small black sedan.
"He wasn't in a hurry," said Joe Joan, who was driving in
front of the SUV that was shot and saw the shooter. "He didn't speed
up or nothing. He just got in and took off real slow."
Saturday's shooting is the farthest east the shooter has struck. The
serial shootings began in May, though most have occurred since
mid-October. Until last month, the gunfire at vehicles and buildings was
scattered along Interstate 270, a busy highway that circles Columbus. The
previous four shootings, including two last Sunday, had moved
progressively farther southwest on Interstate 71.
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Gunfire Hits SUV in Ohio, Appears Linked to Sniper
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 14, 2004) - A man standing on a
highway overpass Saturday fired a handgun at a sport utility vehicle on
Interstate 70, and investigators said it appeared to be linked to the
series of highway shootings near Columbus.
No one was injured in the shooting about 10:15 a.m.
near Pataskala, about 15 miles east of Columbus.
Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin
said the shooting appears to be related to the other 23.
"This is pretty consistent with what our
shooter has done in the past," he said. "Our particular shooter
is becoming much more aggressive, much bolder."
The shooter's demeanor appeared "casual,"
he said. "The person was in no hurry, or appeared to be in no
hurry," Martin said.
The bullet entered through the right front fender
of the Chevrolet Suburban and lodged in the battery. It was recovered and
sent for lab testing in Columbus.
The driver and four other witnesses described the
shooter as a clean-shaven white male in his 30s with dark hair, wearing a
hat and sunglasses and driving a small black sedan, Martin said.
The car was similar to a Chevy Metro with a sloping
hood, said Pat Snelling, a dispatcher with the State Highway Patrol's
The description matches the one given by witnesses
in two shootings last Sunday on Interstate 71 in Fayette County southwest
"We had aircraft in the area within
moments," patrol spokesman Sgt. Richard Zwayer said. "This guy
was able to blend into traffic and slip away."
The serial shootings began in May, though most have
occurred since mid-October. One person has been killed in the shootings at
vehicles and buildings.
Until last month, the gunfire was scattered along
or near Interstate 270, a busy highway that circles Columbus. The last
four shootings, including the two from a week ago, moved progressively
farther southwest on Interstate 71.
Saturday's shooting in Licking County would be the
farthest east the shooter has struck.
Joe Joan told Columbus television station WCMH that
he saw a man wearing all black and a black car on the overpass in his
rearview mirror. Joan said he saw the man "put the gun back in his
car because we pulled over right after he shot. He just took off after he
shot it, he wasn't even in a hurry or nothing. Just took off,
Alicia Jellison, 22, who lives next to the
overpass, told The Columbus Dispatch she was home Saturday morning but
didn't hear anything. She was puzzled when she couldn't leave her driveway
to go to the bank about 11:30 a.m.
"I never thought it was anything like
this," she said.
02/14/04 19:08 EST
Ohio sniper seen shooting at traffic east of Columbus
Sunday, February 15, 2004
By James Drew, Block News Alliance
PATASKALA, Ohio -- One day after detectives said they were
"confident that we are closing in" on the man known as the
"highway sniper," he struck again yesterday in the fourth
daylight shooting from an overpass over the past 12 days in the Columbus
No one was injured, as the gunman expanded the target zone to the
east and to a highway where he has not struck before -- Interstate 70. But
this time, the gunman was witnessed in the act.
"This is pretty consistent with what our shooter has done in
the past. Our particular shooter is becoming much more aggressive, much
bolder," said Chief Deputy Steve Martin of the Franklin County
The gunman pulled the trigger at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday on the
Toll Gate Road overpass on I-70 near Pataskala in Licking County, about 15
miles east of Columbus.
At least one witness reported seeing the gunman using a rifle to
fire off a shot into eastbound traffic, then driving away.
A 1988 Chevrolet Suburban driven by a Columbus man was struck by a
single bullet near the right front fender. The bullet, found in the
vehicle's battery, was taken to the Columbus Police Department crime lab
for analysis, said Martin, spokesman for the task force of federal, state,
and Columbus area law enforcement agencies investigating the shootings.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting appears to be
related to the other 23 shootings since May, 2003 -- most of them on the
Interstate 270 south outer belt since last October, Martin said.
Ballistics evidence has linked eight of the shootings to the same
gun, including the shot that killed Gail Knisley, 62, as a friend drove
her to a doctor's appointment on the morning of Nov. 25 of last year. She
is the sole person to be struck by gunfire.
Witnesses yesterday told investigators that the shooter was a white
man, 30 to 40 years old, of average height and weight, with dark hair and
a hat, and dark sunglasses. His vehicle was described as a mid-sized,
Kristin Hoover told investigators that she saw the gunman drive
slowly south from the overpass.
"We had aircraft in the area within moments," said Sgt.
Richard Zwayer of the Ohio Highway Patrol said. "This guy was able to
blend into traffic and slip away."
Yesterday's description of the gunmen was consistent, but more
detailed than the eyewitness accounts of the man who a week ago today at
about 11:20 a.m. shot two vehicles from overpasses on Interstate 71,
southwest of Columbus, in Fayette County.
Last December, authorities -- in listing behaviors that could be
consistent with the shooter or shooters -- said citizens should pay
attention to anyone showing an intense interest in media coverage of the
shootings, such as videotaping TV news or clipping newspaper articles.
At a news briefing Friday, Martin said the task force had made
contact with sheriff's departments in counties on I-71 further south of
Pickaway, Madison, and Fayette counties. When asked why, Martin replied:
"Because it's the prudent thing to do."
Less than 24 hours later, the gunman struck -- but not farther south
on I-71. This time, it was in a rural county east of Columbus and for the
first time on I-70.
The last four shootings were from overpasses along I-71 -- Jan. 22
in Franklin County about 7.5 miles south of I-270, Feb. 3 in Madison
County about 20 miles from I-270 and two shootings on Feb. 8 in Madison
County near a outlet mall in Fayette County -- about 40 miles southwest of
Alicia Jellison, 20, lives near the I-70 overpass near Pataskala
where the shot was fired yesterday. She said she was interviewed by
detectives, but she didn't have any tips.
"I didn't hear or see anything," she said.
Last month, authorities asked the public to identify two vehicles
that stopped at a gasoline station and convenience store on Brown Road in
Columbus. A video surveillance camera captured images of the two vehicles.
The vehicles stopped at the gas station at about midnight, around
the time a gunman fired two shots into a Brown Road house about three
blocks away. A bullet that was found in a second-floor bathtub is among
the ballistics matches to the same gun used to kill Knisley.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.
911 caller claims to be Ohio shooter
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Ohio (January 31, 5:07 p.m. AST) - A day after announcing that a 911
caller had claimed responsibility for a string of highway shootings,
investigators said Saturday that a second man has stepped forward and
threatened to attack police officers.
Investigators say they believe the man who called early Saturday
morning is different from the man who repeatedly called 911 on Monday to
claim responsibility for 20 shootings at cars, school buses and homes on
or near a section of Interstate 270 south of the city. One person was
killed in November.
"It's gonna get worse," the latest caller said. "I am
intend to start shooting at the police now."
Sheriff's officials said they warned law enforcement officials
around the state of the latest caller's threats, and that a task force on
the shootings was taking both sets of calls seriously.
Sheriff's officials issued a press statement and released a tape of
the roughly 50-second call on Saturday, but did not immediately respond to
requests for more information.
On the tape, the caller sounds like he has a deep voice, and says he
was committing the shootings because the police have "corrupted the
He tells the dispatcher, "Tomorrow, the whole world will see
how Ohio is."
"They will?" the dispatcher asks.
The caller responds, "They will see my impact. Tomorrow,
Authorities also are investigating the first caller, who made four
911 calls Monday totaling about a minute and said, "I'm the highway
The man said he fired at a car that day but did not specifically
claim responsibility for any of the shootings connected by police. Police
had no reports of highway shootings Monday.
The police dispatcher appears to dismiss the first caller on the 911
tape, saying "whatever" several times and "Yeah, yeah,
yeah." At another point she says, "You just want attention,
The call ends soon after she asks the caller to stay on the line
while the call is traced.
Police were investigating the dispatcher who took Monday's calls.
Police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio said the dispatcher's use of words such
as "whatever" was inappropriate.
The shootings began in May, but most have occurred since October.
The only person hit, Gail Knisley, 62, was fatally wounded Nov. 25 while
riding in a car on I-270.
The last shooting linked to the case took place Jan. 22, when a car
was hit on Interstate 71, which intersects I-270.
|Ohio to Close Freeway in Shootings Probe
By CARRIE SPENCER, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2003) - A task force investigating 14 highway
shootings will have unfettered access to most of the crime scenes when a
23-mile southern half of the Interstate 270 beltway closes Saturday
The closure comes a day after authorities linked two more shootings to
the series. One of those shots, which hit a house, came from the same gun
used in four other shootings, including the only fatality.
The task force led by the Franklin County Sheriff's office requested the
closure from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and state transportation officials and local
law enforcement agencies were to shut down ramps as soon as 4 p.m., said
Michelle May, an Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
The task force did not give a reason, and Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve
Martin would not take phone calls Saturday morning.
Traffic on I-70 approaching Columbus from the west and east will have
to stay on that freeway through downtown or loop around on the north side
of the beltway. Trucks carrying hazardous materials must use northern I-270.
Delays are expected, May said.
Investigators have told the state their work will focus on I-270 between
state Route 62 and U.S. 23, May said. They have indicated that they will
need no more than an hour, so it's possible the freeway could reopen before
7 p.m., she said.
The closure is longer than the area investigators are targeting because
it was easier to divert traffic to the major routes than the surface roads
on the smaller stretch, May said.
"It obviously involves a lot of manpower and equipment," she said.
The shootings around a seven-mile stretch of I-270 began in May but have
happened mainly in the past two months. Authorities say they have gotten
more than 1,000 tips from the public.
The two latest shootings were the first since three on Nov. 25, when
62-year-old Gail Knisley was killed as she rode in a car on I-270.
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"Investigators now know the person or persons has consciously decided
to continue with the same activity which unfortunately resulted in the death
of Mrs. Knisley," Martin said Friday.
On Nov. 30, a woman heard a thud as she drove on Interstate 270 and noticed
a bullet hole when she got home, Martin said. She notified city police
In the other shooting, Emma Fader, 56, found a bullet hole in the front
of her house about a quarter-mile from the highway and a bullet on her living
room floor. Fade made the discovery Monday afternoon following a weekend
away, she said.
"I don't believe I was a target," she said.
She and her son, who is temporarily living in the rental house with his
mother, both said the shooting has them spooked.
"I hope this is the end of it," said Donald Fitch, 38. "It's been
While authorities haven't commented on the type of weapon used, Fitch
said a police officer from suburban Obetz told him the shot must have come
from a high-powered rifle.
"A 12-gauge or a handgun wouldn't have made it," Fitch said.
He said investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives told him they were trying to determine the bullet's path on
12/06/03 13:40 EST
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|Police Say 12 Shootings in Ohio Connected
Two New Shootings Reported, but It's Unclear Whether They're Linked
By JONATHAN DREW, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 3, 2003) - Authorities have linked 12 shootings along
a five-mile stretch of interstate around Columbus, including one that killed
a woman and another that broke a window at an elementary school.
Four of the shootings - three at vehicles and one at the school last month
- were from the same gun, Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin
Although ballistics tests could not link the rest of the shootings along
Interstate 270, investigators ''are comfortable'' saying all 12 are connected,
he said. He would not elaborate.
Authorities have received more than 500 tips, but would not speculate
about who might be responsible and would not release the type of weapon.
''We think it's not good for us to put that information out,'' Martin
said. ''We don't want people to stop calling us because we put out that kind
The shootings began in May along Interstate 270, the freeway that circles
Columbus. Many were not reported until after Nov. 25, when 62-year-old Gail
Knisley was killed by a bullet that pierced the side of a car driven by a
The latest shooting linked to the spree happened Nov. 11 at Hamilton Central
Elementary in Obetz, about two miles from the freeway.
The school sits along a rural road lined with pastures, three schools,
a church and houses decorated with Christmas lights.
Local businesses have established a $10,000 reward for information leading
to an arrest.
Customers at Hamilton General Store a half-mile from the school already
had been sharing alternate driving routes, and Tuesday's news increased their
fears, owner Beverly Evans said.
''People are trying to figure out how to stay off 270, but now people
aren't sure if that will keep us safe,'' Evans said.
Parents at Hamilton Central Elementary watched nervously in the school
gym as their kids dribbled basketballs around orange cones, saying they didn't
want to change their plans.
Greg Mellon said he hoped the recreation league practice would calm the
children, including his 8-year-old son Corbin, who was so frightened on the
way to practice that he cowered under the dashboard.
''He ducked down in the car,'' Mellon said. ''Of course he's worried about
Superintendent Bill Wittman said he believes the shooting at the school
was not meant to harm anyone because it happened overnight, but nervous parents
Tiffany Ellis, 32, said her son's second-grade classroom faces the front
of the school, where the bullet struck.
''It makes me angry to be honest with you, that I have to drive down the
road worrying about getting shot,'' Ellis said Tuesday.
She said she plans to call Wednesday to see what precautions the district
is taking, and may avoid her own living room, which also faces the two-lane
''That's kind of scary to think someone could shoot through your window
like that,'' Ellis said.
Jimmy Eggers said he brought his 8-year-old son to the basketball practice
Tuesday night because ''it's hard to stop your daily routine.'' But he added:
''It's definitely scary. You fear for your kid's life.''
At a gas station along the interstate about two miles from the school,
emotions ranged from skittish to calm among drivers stopping to fill up.
''The odds are you're not going to get shot,'' said Tom Dixon, 56.
Richard Bailey, 32, disagreed. He uses I-270 each day to get to his job
as a shipping manager at Rickenbacker Airport.
''I drive through with my cell phone in my hand every day,'' he said.
''It scares me.''
Meanwhile, a driver and passenger were shot and wounded Tuesday while
traveling on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan, about 90 miles north of Columbus,
but authorities would not say if there was any link to the other shootings.
The driver was taken by helicopter to Toledo's St. Vincent Mercy Medical
Center, where spokeswoman Donna Shore said no details would be released.
The passenger was reported in stable condition at Fisher Titus Hospital in
Also Tuesday, a house was shot at near the freeway around Columbus, but
Martin said investigators have not linked it to the other shootings.
|No one will say 'sniper,' but someone's shooting at cars
November 30, 2003
BY JOHN MCCARTHY
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gail Knisley was headed to a doctor's appointment on
a freeway ringing Columbus when a bullet ripped through the driver's door.
''What was that?'' she asked the friend driving, then she slumped forward,
Authorities said for the first time Friday they had linked Knisley's death
to at least one of nine other reports of shots fired at vehicles along about
a five-mile stretch of the same highway -- and they said the shooting was
not an accident. Police won't use the term ''sniper,'' but they say more
of the shootings could be connected.
''You just can't believe someone would be sick enough to be shooting at
cars,'' Missi Knisley, Knisley's daughter-in-law, said Friday. ''It's a
The first reported shooting on the southern section of Interstate 270
or in its immediate area was in May. The rest have been in the last seven
weeks. The shots have been fired at different times of day, piercing trucks,
cars, vans and pickups, shattering windows and flattening tires -- and killing
Authorities have released few details, saying only that tests on the bullets
connected Knisley's shooting on Tuesday to one of the others, though they
wouldn't identify which one. They declined to speculate on the type of weapon
Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin said it's unclear
whether one shooter or more was involved.
''I'm not in a position where I can tell you exactly what happened, whether
someone was stationary or mobile when any of these shots were fired,'' he
Extra patrols have been assigned to the leg of the highway, also called
Jack Nicklaus Highway after the pro golfer from suburban Dublin. The route
runs through a sparsely populated area that includes woods frequented by
hunters and people practicing target shooting. Industrial sites line part
of the stretch, along with some residential neighborhoods. A shopping mall
Edward Cable was headed home to southern Ohio through that area on Nov.
21 when he heard a noise in his minivan. He found a bullet hole and shell
fragment about 16 inches behind the driver's seat.
Trucker William Briggs was hauling two empty trailers back from Roanoke,
Va., about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 when his driver's side window exploded.
Briggs had just entered I-270 from U.S. 23 and was in the center of the
three westbound lanes. He kept driving, assuming he had been hit by a rock,
and turned on his dome light to search for the stone but couldn't find it.
A few minutes later, stopped at a truck terminal, he discovered the bullet.
''It didn't miss my face but a couple of inches at most,'' said Briggs,
from suburban Hilliard. ''It was really luck on my part and ineptness on
Martin said the task force has received more than 100 tips. Department
crime analysts also are reviewing this year's more than 1,000 vandalism reports
to see if any fit the pattern, police spokesman Sgt. Brent Mull said.
Some who live, work and travel through the area say they are nervous.
Mary Hammond, 46, whose yard is next to the highway, said Friday that
she and her husband are taking back roads to get to work now. ''I've got
two kids to raise,'' she explained.
Tom Milligan, 35, of Marysville said he found himself driving faster and
''looking to the right and left, that's for sure. I'm not paying too much
attention to the road.''
Briggs said he drove past the site of his shooting the next night and
isn't afraid to travel there. ''They didn't get me over there,'' he said,
referring to his tour of duty in the Vietnam War, ''they're not going to
get me here.'' AP
|Another American sniper case?
28 Nov 2003
Fears that another sniper is on the loose in America have been fuelled
after police said 10 motorists had reported being fired at on a stretch of
road where a woman was shot dead.
Gail Knisley, 62, was killed when a bullet ripped through the door of
the car she was in on Tuesday morning.
Police say they had now confirmed a total of 10 possible shooting incidents
on the same interstate just south of Columbus in Ohio. One of them happened
just hours after Ms Knisley's killing.
The first suspected shooting on the stretch of the I-270 happened in
Since Ms Knisley's death more people have contacted police fearing they
were also targeted, said Franklin County sheriff department.
One of the people who contacted police was a woman whose tyre went flat
as she drove along the road.
When she took it to a garage for repair she was told a bullet had done
The mystery comes just days after Washington sniper John Allen Muhammad
was recommended for the death penalty by a jury.
The 42-year-old Army veteran was convicted after being tried for one of
the 10 killings which terrorised the Washington area last Autumn.
His alleged accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, is still on trial over the three-week
long killing spree.
Despite the numerous shootings on the stretch of road in Ohio the sheriff's
department is still to link them.
A spokesman said he was "not ready" to conclude that the shots had been
fired by a single sniper.
Nearby woods are used by hunters and people who practice target firing,
meaning that the shootings could be a series of freak accidents.
Extra police are now patrolling the area.
|LITTLETON, Colo. (May 9, 2003) - Two-thirds of the students at Columbine
High School stayed home Friday because of threats penciled on the wall of
two bathrooms and a sidewalk.
The graffiti warned that ``harm would come to others'' on Friday. The
first threat came late last week. On Monday, school officials notified students
and parents about the threat, said Rick Kaufman, a spokesman for the Jefferson
County School District, which includes Columbine.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Tallman said the threats did not specify an
individual or group. ``They were very vague and very short,'' she said.
School officials locked down the high school on Friday, meaning students
were not allowed to leave the campus and additional police were stationed
inside buildings. No violence was reported.
But most students still chose to stay home. About a third of the district's
1,800 students attended, Kaufman said, compared to an average attendance
of more than 90 percent.
Kay Leiner's oldest daughter, a junior at Columbine, stayed home. Her
other daughter decided to attend class.
``We let them decide. Probably nothing will happen, but there's always
that little part that says, 'You know it could happen,' so why even take
the risk,'' Leiner said.
Columbine has received numerous threats via the Internet and telephone
since teen gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and
a teacher before committing suicide on April 20, 1999.
Leiner said the latest threats brought heightened fear because the source
was unknown and the messages appeared inside the school, rather than on the
Some Columbine students said they were more upset with the vandals for
creating a nuisance on campus.
05/09/03 19:03 EDT
Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.
|1 Dies After Univ. Shooting in Cleveland
By M.R. KROPKO
Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND (AP)--A man wearing camouflage and carrying a high-powered rifle
opened fire inside a university business school Friday. Hospital officials
said at least one person was killed and another wounded.
Police sealed off the sprawling Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western
Reserve University after the shooting began at about 4 p.m. The gunman was
believed to be inside, along with an unknown number of terrified students
and faculty who locked themselves in rooms.
University Hospital spokeswoman Janice Guhl said a male brought to the
hospital died. She wouldn't release specifics of his injuries.
She said no others from the business school were taken to University Hospital.
Police begged the gunman to call them, but by early evening, two dozen
SWAT team officers wearing helmets and bulletproof vests had moved inside.
About four hours after the shooting began, rescuers began taking people
out of the building. They were being reunited with family members waiting
at a nearby campus auditorium.
``We are rescuing the people in the building and doing a room by room,
floor by floor search,'' Police Chief Edward Lohn said. ``I am quite confident
that this should end quickly.''
Mayor Jane Campbell said 60 people had been placed in a secured area inside
``We're all shaking and quite scared. One of the girls in our office is
seven months pregnant--we're trying to keep her as calm as possible,'' Tracy
Warner, 30, told The Associated Press from a third-floor office where she
was hiding with several other people.
Denise Smith, a spokeswoman at Huron Hospital, said a male was in good
condition after suffering a gunshot wound in the buttocks.
In addition to the two people shot, an unknown number of people were taken
out of the building and placed on stretchers. Further details were not available
and it was not clear if any had been shot.
A student who escaped, Sachin Goel, 26, was standing near the cafeteria
with two friends when the gunman approached and opened fire. One of his friends
screamed as he was hit, and the others dove for cover under a table.
``He couldn't get us. And then he again shot as we turned the table and
put it in front of us,'' Goel said. ``He was indiscriminately firing at everyone
and a sane person would not be doing that.''
Police said the man was believed to be wielding a high-powered rifle.
Copyright 2003, The Associated Press.
|School Shooting in Pennsylvania
Principal Pronounced Dead at Hospital
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2003; 11:30 AM
RED LION, Pa. - A heavily armed 14-year-old boy shot his school principal
inside a crowded junior high cafeteria Thursday morning, then killed himself,
authorities said. The principal was transported to a hospital in critical
condition where he was pronounced dead.
The shootings happened about 15 minutes before the start of classes at
the Red Lion Area Junior High School, about 30 miles southeast of Harrisburg
in south-central Pennsylvania.
The eighth-grader had multiple weapons and fired at least two shots with
a handgun, said Red Lion Borough Police Chief Walt Hughes.
Principal Eugene Segro had been at the school for more than a decade and
was believed to be in his early 50s, said Terry Robinson, the school district's
Neither Robinson nor Hughes was aware of any recent turmoil or student
suspensions at the school.
"There's a lot of things we don't know right now," Hughes said.
Police and Red Lion Area Superintendent Larry Macaluso declined to name
the teenager, but said he was not known for disciplinary problems. They did
not know of any disputes between the student and Segro.
Other students said the principal was well-liked.
"He was fair and wasn't mean to anyone," said seventh-grader Matt Templeton,
who by the lockers when students started running from the cafeteria.
"Everyone ran out of the cafeteria yelling 'He has a gun,"' said eighth-grader
The school's approximately 875 students were taken to nearby Red Lion
Area Senior High School after the shooting, and officials planned to dismiss
them for the day, as well as students from the high school and a nearby
elementary school, Robinson said.
"We have the basic security, the building has a locked door, we have
(security) cameras, the things we have in every school," Robinson said. He
said the school does not have metal detectors.
Patrick McFadden, executive director of York County's Department of Emergency
Services, said the student shot himself, but Hughes said the circumstances
of the shooting were still under investigation.
The same school district was the site of a machete attack on a kindergarten
class that injured a principal, two teachers and 11 of the 23 pupils in 2001.
A Tennessee man angry about his divorce and allegations he had molested his
stepdaughters pleaded guilty to the attack and was sentenced to 132 to 264
years in prison.
Burial of Franklin shooting victim at family's convenience
By Aaron Gouveia
Friday, February 21, 2003
FRANKLIN -- Michael Dean, the 40-year-old Franklin resident who accidentally
shot himself in the head Tuesday during a drunken game of Russian roulette,
was a graduate of Bellingham High School.
Originally from Northbridge, Dean graduated from Bellingham High School
in 1980. He was a 13-year employee of Garelick Farms in Franklin at the time
of his death.
In addition to his parents, Robert and Marjorie Dean of Ocala, Fla., Dean
is survived by his former wife Karen C. Dean and his sister Penny Dean of
Penny Dean and several other members of the family had no comment when
reached at her Uxbridge home.
According to David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk County District
Attorney's office, Dean and his unidentified male roommate had one male and
a female at their second-story apartment at 840 West Central St. the night
of the shooting.
Franklin Detective Lt. Stephan Semerjian said there is ample reason to
believe alcohol was involved, which led to Dean producing his .357 Magnum
revolver and the start of the deadly game.
One person loaded a single bullet in the gun, spun the chamber, and pulled
the trigger with no result. Dean was next, and was not as fortunate, Semerjian
The bullet ripped into Dean's head, fatally wounding him. He was declared
dead shortly after 7 p.m. at Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital.
"Alcohol and weapons are not a good combination," Semerjian said
Ralph Mendall, who lives next door to Dean, said it was not unusual to
see Dean and his roommate drink.
"They drank from time to time but they never bothered anyone," Mendall
said. "I am pretty much shocked, as everyone else was."
|February 28, 2003 - 4:45 pm
Elwood Father Shoots, Kills Son
A Madison County family is going through its second tragedy in just a
month after a father shot and killed his son. Both are relatives of a child
who died of neglect in January.
The shooting took place in Elwood. While some people thought it might
have been a deadly game, police say it was no accident.
Josh Payne, 23, lived with his father on South J Street in Elwood. Late
Thursday afternoon a single shot rang out inside. A bullet from a .44 magnum
struck Josh in the chest.
A cousin, who lives just two doors down, believes the victim might have
been playing a deadly game with his father. All I've been told is they
were playing Russian roulette and Josh was shot once in the chest and he
died on arrival at the hospital, said Ben Simmons.
Elwood's police chief doesnt think thats accurate. When officers
arrived at the scene they found Josh's father Doyle Payne fleeing with a
shotgun and the .44 in his hands.
That handgun still had three rounds in it, ruling out Russian roulette.
We had some information that Russian roulette might have been going
on but according to the other two witnesses in the home and the evidence
at the scene we don't believe that to be the case, said Carl Caldwell,
Elwood police chief.
One of the victim's best friends agrees with police, calling Doyle Payne
an evil father who killed his son in cold blood. To take a life that
young, that's just dumb. He took my best friends life. I really don't
like that. I hope he gets the biggest sentence they could give him. That
leaves his little brother to fend for himself that leaves his family
Now why would a man want to shoot his own son? said
D. J. Vincent, who said he knew the victim since grade school.
Doyle Payne is being held in the Madison County jail tonight without bond.
A family friend, who says Payne is an alcoholic, says the suspect tried to
stab his younger son a few days ago.
Witnesses say there was no argument leading up to Thursday's fatal shooting.
The police chief says the suspect was trying to hide the spent shell casing
in the snow outside the house when he was apprehended.
An autopsy on Josh Payne is being performed in Muncie.
|Teen Shot At Bosque School
Police Say Boy Shot With Own Gun In Scuffle
POSTED: 8:06 a.m. MST February 28, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --
Albuquerque police said a 17-year-old boy was wounded in the arm Friday
morning in a struggle over a gun he produced during a fight with the father
of a 16-year-old girl.
Detective Jeff Arbogast said the boy's wound was not life-threatening.
No names have been released.
Arbogast said the boy showed up Friday morning at the private Bosque School
and was visiting the girl when her father showed up.
He said the father had forbidden his daughter from seeing the boy, who
is not a student at the school. Arbogast said the boy pulled out a baseball
bat and began hitting the father, then produced a semi-automatic pistol.
He said the father and the boy were struggling over the gun when it went
off, and the bullet struck the boy in the arm.
Copyright 2003 by TheNewMexicoChannel.com. The Associated Press contributed
to this report. All rights reserved.
|No one hurt in high school shooting
Wednesday, February 5, 2003
An investigator with the Adams County Sheriff's Department examines a
bullet shell Wednesday at Ranum High School.
WESTMINSTER, Colorado (AP) -- A boy fired several shots in a Ranum High
School courtyard Wednesday after confronting another student in a hallway,
authorities said. No injuries were reported.
A police officer assigned to the school chased the boy and captured him
nearby, Adams County sheriff's Capt. Craig Coleman said.
The 14-year-old boy, who is a freshman at Ranum, was taken to a juvenile
detention center, Coleman said. All 24 schools in Adams County School District
50 were locked down.
The boy and a 15-year-old student were involved in a confrontation in
the hallway and the younger boy waved his hand inside his coat pocket, indicating
that he had a gun, Coleman said.
The two went out into a school courtyard, where the boy pulled out a small
semi-automatic handgun, authorities said. The older student and two others
in the courtyard ran inside as the boy fired at least four shots, hitting
the building's facade twice, Coleman said.
Authorities did not know if the suspect was firing at anyone.
The boy was expected to face attempted murder charges, Coleman said.
The school near this northwest Denver suburb is about 22 miles from Columbine
High School, where two student gunmen killed 13 people on April 20, 1999,
then killed themselves.
MORE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
[ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 4/14/03 ]
One killed, 3 wounded at New Orleans school
NEW ORLEANS -- One student was shot and killed and three others were wounded
Monday at a New Orleans high school, police said.
Chief Eddie Compass said the three were not believed to have life-threatening
wounds and the situation was under control
The gunman apparently slipped into the surrounding neighborhood and was
being sought by officers, Compass said.
"Our tactical units have swept all the buildings. The children are completely
safe," he said.
The shooting happened at John McDonogh High School, which is in Mid-City.
Traffic in the area was been shut down, and hundreds of people gathered outside,
some of them crying.
Students were ordered to stay in their classrooms after the shooting around
3 Suspects In Custody After Fatal School Shooting
Violence Erupts Near McDonogh Gymnasium
POSTED: 10:57 a.m. CDT April 14, 2003
NEW ORLEANS -- Three suspects were in custody and one remained at large
after gunfire erupted Monday at John McDonogh High School.
One student, a male whose identity is not yet known, was killed in the
shooting, which happened at about 10:30 a.m.
Three other students were injured and taken to Charity Hospital: a 15-year-old
female was in serious condition and undergoing surgery on gunshot wounds
to her leg, a 16-year-old female was being treated for a gunshot wound to
the thigh, and another 16-year-old female was being treated for a gunshot
wound to her buttock.
Police were working two scenes at the school on Esplanade Avenue, one
inside the gymnasium and another outside on school grounds.
The school was on lockdown for about an hour and a half after the shooting,
with no one being allowed to enter or leave the building. At noon, parents
were allowed to pick up their children.
Police blanketed the neighborhood, many of them running with guns drawn,
according to WDSU NewsChannel 6 reporter Heath Allen.
As news of the shooting broke, parents began arriving at the school. People
lined the streets outside the school, Allen said.
One man, identified only as Tyrone, said his girlfriend's 16-year-old
daughter called him from the school on her cell phone, begging her mother
to come get her. The girl described to the man a chaotic scene in which at
least two gunmen began firing inside the school gym.
A McDonogh teacher, who asked not to be identified, called the WDSU newsroom.
She said the students in her classroom were safe but nervous.
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|HOW MANY MORE OF THESE ARE PLANNED????
Five teens jailed for allegedly plotting a school shooting spree
Staff and Wire Reports
OSWEGO, Kan. -- Five teen-agers were in jail Tuesday for allegedly plotting
to shoot administrators, teachers and a classmate in the southeast Kansas
town of Altamont.
Because all the suspects were behind bars, classes at Labette County High
School have continued as scheduled, but the absentee rate this week has been
higher than normal, school officials said.
The 17-year-old boys -- four seniors and a junior -- were arrested Saturday
and charged Monday with eight counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree
murder. If convicted, they could face nine to 41 years in prison.
They will stay in juvenile detention in Girard until a bail hearing Jan.
3. School officials are discussing whether they can hold suspension hearings
while the boys are locked up.
Authorities seized at least 39 weapons -- .22-caliber pistols, shotguns
and high-caliber rifles -- from four of the boys' homes, but did not know
who owned the weapons.
"The fact that those kinds of weapons were available to kids is very
disturbing," said school district Superintendent Dennis Wilson.
The five students, according to complaints released by Labette County,
are Jestin McReynolds, Josh W. Traxson, Daniel Smith, Aaron Spencer and Bryan
M. Vail, also known as Bryan M. McElroy.
Smith was named in three additional counts: possession of methamphetamine
and use of drug paraphernalia, both felonies, and possession of marijuana,
Vail's grandfather, Archie McElroy, said the accusations were made up.
"That boy was with me when this was supposed to happen, and I'll guarantee
he didn't have anything to do with it," McElroy said in a phone interview.
Relatives of Traxson and Smith declined to comment when reached by phone.
Authorities said the boys were hanging out with a classmate Thursday after
school when they asked him to join in the planned assault Friday or Monday.
The classmate told investigators that the suspects drew a plan detailing
who would enter which of the school's doors, and then tore up the paper and
threw it away.
The classmate told a teacher about the plan Friday.
"Five young men verbally threatened to come to school with guns, and they
were going to shoot seven staff members," Wilson said. "Assuming at this
point that the allegations are correct, if no one came forward, we may have
had something similar to a Columbine event."
According to the charges, the eight alleged targets were high school principal
Greg Cartwright, associate principal Linda Henry, five teachers and a student.
School administrators searched every locker at the high school Sunday
and found no weapons.
"We feel safe," Cartwright said. "I'm one of the people who was supposed
to be killed, and I came to work."
Cartwright's son, a student at the high school, also showed up this week.
"I think he worries more about people asking him questions he can't answer
than he does about his own safety," Cartwright said.
About 30 of the school's 645 students are absent on an average day, Cartwright
said, but about 50 students didn't show up Monday and about 150 were gone
The school, which is laid out in a campus setting over three city blocks,
normally has no security officers. This week, two police officers and three
sheriff's deputies patrolled the school. Wilson also is letting staff members
know that he expects them to spend more time in the halls.
"I don't think we'll change much, because I think we've already looked
at ways to make it a safer school," Wilson said.
After students opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.,
earlier this year, school officials in Labette County decided that the best
way to defend against a similar horror was to make sure students felt comfortable
telling staff members what their classmates were up to. Teachers also were
supposed to build relationships with students because the Columbine shooters
were said to be outsiders who didn't fit in with other groups.
Investigators from the sheriff's department, Altamont Police Department,
state fire marshal's office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway
Patrol and Labette County attorney's office, as well as school officials,
worked on the case.
The Star's Richard Espinoza and The Associated Press contributed to this
|An Explosion of Violence
Dec. 6, 1999: A 13-year-old student in Fort Gibson, Okla., allegedly
arrived at school and opened fire with his father's 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.
There were no life-threatening injuries but five of his classmates were injued,
four from gunshot wounds and a fifth who suffered bruises in the chaos.
Nov. 19, 1999: A 12-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed a female classmate
at the end of lunch hour outside a middle school in Deming, N.M., about 33
miles from the Mexican border. The boy was wearing a camouflage jacket when
he allegedly fired the single shot from a .22-caliber handgun.
April 20, 1999: Two young men wearing long, black trench coats opened
fire in a suburban high school in Littleton, Colo., injuring as many as 20
students. In all, 15 were killed, including the two gunmen.
June 15, 1998: A male teacher and a female guidance counselor are shot
in a hallway at a Richmond, Va., high school. The man suffers an injury to
the abdomen that wasnt life threatening; the woman is reportedly grazed.
May 21, 1998: A 15-year-old student in Springfield, Ore., expelled the
day before for bringing a gun to school, allegedly opens fire in the school
cafeteria. Two students are killed. The suspects parents are later
found shot dead in their home.
May 21, 1998: Three sixth-grade boys had a hit list and were
plotting to kill fellow classmates on the last day of school in a sniper
attack during a false fire alarm, police in St. Charles, Mo., say.
May 21, 1998: A 15-year-old boy dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
to the head in Onalaska, Wash. Earlier in the day, the boy boarded a high
school bus with a gun in hand, ordered his girlfriend off the bus and took
her to his home, where he shot himself.
May 21, 1998: A 15-year-old girl is shot and wounded at a suburban Houston
high school when a gun in the backpack of a 17-year-old classmate goes off
in a biology class. The boy is charged with a third-degree felony for taking
a gun to school.
May 19, 1998: Two boys are suspended from school in Johnston, R.I., after
being accused of writing and handing out threatening notes to classmates.
The notes said things such as, All your friends are dead. The
boys are ordered to remain out of school until they have been evaluated to
determine whether they are dangerous.
May 19, 1998: Three days before his graduation, an 18-year-old honor student
allegedly opens fire in a parking lot at Lincoln County High School in
Fayetteville, Tenn., killing a classmate who was dating his ex-girlfriend.
April 28, 1998: Two teenage boys are shot to death and a third is wounded
as they played basketball at a Pomona, Calif., elementary school hours after
classes had ended. A 14-year-old boy is charged; the shooting is blamed on
rivalry between two groups of youths.
April 24, 1998 : A 48-year-old science teacher is shot to death in front
of students at graduation dance in Edinboro, Pa. A 14-year-old student at
James W. Parker Middle School is charged.
March 24, 1998: Four girls and a teacher are shot to death and 10 others
wounded during a false fire alarm at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro,
Ark., when two boys, ages 11 and 13, open fire from the woods. Both are convicted
in juvenile court of murder and can be held up to age 21.
Dec. 1, 1997: Three students are killed and five others wounded while
they take part in a prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in West
Paducah, Ky. A 14-year-old student pleads guilty but mentally ill to murder
and is serving life in prison. One of the wounded girls is left paralyzed.
Oct. 1, 1997: A 16-year-old outcast in Pearl, Miss., is accused of killing
his mother, then going to Pearl High School and shooting nine students. Two
of them die, including the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The 16-year-old is sentenced
to life in prison. Two others await trial on accessory charges.
Feb. 19, 1997: A 16-year-old student opens fire with a shotgun in a common
area at the Bethel, Alaska, high school, killing the principal and a student.
Two other students are wounded. Authorities later accuse two other students
of knowing the shootings would take place. Evan Ramsey was sentenced to two
Feb. 2, 1996: A 14-year-old boy wearing a trench coat walks into algebra
class with a hunting rifle and allegedly opens fire, killing the teacher
and two students. A third student is injured during the shooting at a junior
high school in Moses Lake, Wash.