-- Police link
the Fredericksburg shooting with the sniper.
Sunday, Oct. 6
complete geographic profile of the killer. FBI works
on a psychological profile.
Monday, Oct. 7
-- A 13-year-old
boy in Bowie, Md., is shot outside his school in
Bowie, Md., but survives. Investigators quickly link
that shooting to the sniper.
-- Dean Harold
Meyers, 53, is shot dead at a gas station near
The Washington Post and WUSA-TV
report a tarot "death" card was found near the Bowie
crime scene. The card read, "Dear policeman, I am
God." Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose,
who is heading the task force hunting down the
sniper, blasts media and others for information
-- A woman is
questioned by Prince George's County, Md., police.
Law enforcement say she may have dropped off a man
seen walking into a wooded area near a local high
school. Officials search for but cannot find the man.
police report two males were seen driving away in a
white vehicle after the Oct. 9 shooting of Meyers.
police detain a Kensington, Md., man "of previous
interest" to investigators after being called to his
home and finding a cache of weapons. The man was not
William County, Va., police link the Meyers murder
to the sniper shootings.
Kenneth Bridges is shot dead while pumping gas at an
Exxon station in Massaponax, Va. A white van was
spotted leaving the area. Virginia police caution
public not to focus just on white vans.
release composites images of a white box truck
similar to the one witnesses said they saw near some
of the shootings.
County, Va., police link Bridges' death to the other
-- Baltimore, Md.,
police seize a white van in Baltimore and find an
assault rifle, sniper manual and ammunition similar
to the .223 bullets used in sniper attacks. The
van's owner, an ex-Marine, is questioned and
Franklin, 47, is shot dead as she and her husband
load packages into their car outside a Home Depot
store in Falls Church, Va. Witnesses give
information about license plates on vehicles seen
fleeing the scene, including a light-colored
Chevrolet Astro van with a burned-out taillight.
Another witness describes the possible shooter as a
dark-skinned man, possibly Hispanic or Middle
Eastern, in a white van.
evidence connects Franklin's death to the sniper.
Department announces it will provide military
surveillance aircraft in the hunt. Army begins
searching its records for people with sniper
-- Witness to
Franklin's shooting tells police the shooter used an
AK-74 rifle and was of a certain ethnic descent.
-- Police issue
a "how-to" list of tips for potential witnesses.
announce evidence from Home Depot witness is "not
arrested Matthew Dowdy, 37, of Falls Church, Va.,
for providing false information to authorities. He
is arraigned Monday, Oct. 21.
-- A 37-year-old
man is shot and critically wounded while leaving a
Ponderosa steakhouse with his wife in Ashland, Va.
Witnesses say they heard the shot coming from a
nearby wooded area. Roadblocks are set up along I-95
in Maryland and Virginia and police search for a
white 2000 Chevrolet van with Maryland plates and a
remove the bullet from the man shot in Ashland and
give it to authorities for testing. Sniper task
force heads to the scene.
believe the Beltway Sniper left a note with a
telephone number at the Ponderosa scene. Police ask
the person who left the message to contact them.
-- Police in
Virginia surround a white Plymouth Voyager minivan
with a roof rack and a phone booth adjoining a gas
station in Hanover County, Va. Two men are taken
into custody, but later turned over to the
Immigration and Naturalization Service after it is
determined they had no role in the shootings.
-- Moose holds
news conference and delivers a message: "The message
that needs to be delivered is that we are going to
respond to a message that we have received... We are
preparing a response at this time."
connect Saturday's Ponderosa shooting to the sniper.
-- Moose sends
another message: "The person you called could not
hear everything that you said …The audio was unclear
and we want to get everything right. Call us back so
that we can clearly understand."
Johnson, a 35-year-old bus driver, is shot in the
chest and wounded while on a parked commuter bus in
Montgomery County. He dies at the hospital.
-- Reports say a
note found at the Ponderosa scene demanded $10
million and warned the killings would continue
unless cash was paid by a stated deadline. It also
Night, Oct. 23
-- Around 7
p.m.: New reports say police are searching the yard
of a Tacoma, Wash., home, for ammunition evidence.
comb through John Lee Malvo's student records at
Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash.
-- Around 7:30
p.m.: Federal law enforcement officials confirm the
raid in Tacoma is related to the sniper case.
-- 8:30 p.m.:
Seattle police say they are conducting a consentual
search that they cannot confirm is part of the
-- 11:45 p.m.:
Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose holds a
press conference and announces an arrest warrant for
John Allen Muhammad, also known as John Allen
Williams, described as "armed and dangerous." Moose
says the man may he be traveling with Malvo.
-- Police issue
an alert for a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice with New
Jersey plates NDA-21Z Caprice and a white 1989
Chevrolet Celebrity with Maryland plates ZWE-517.
Police caution Muhammad is not necessarily the
-- Moose issues
his final statement to the sniper, saying, among
other things: "You've asked us to say, quote, We
have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose, end
quote. We understand that hearing us say this is
-- 3:19 a.m.:
The sniper task force arrests Muhammad, 42, and
Malvo, while they sleep in a car off I-70 in
Frederick County, Md. A motorist and an attendant at
the rest stop call police at 1 a.m. after they spot
the pair sleeping inside one of the cars sought in
the sniper investigation. Their car was a blue 1990
Chevrolet Caprice with New Jersey plates NDA-21Z.
-- Around 5:30
a.m.: Police confirm arrests and say a warrant is
being sought to search the vehicle. Reports say a
search warrant has been issued in Alabama.
-- 9 a.m.:
Montgomery, Ala., police confirm that sniper task
force called them on Sunday to see whether a
September shooting at a liquor store there is
related to the sniper shootings. A caller to the
sniper investigation tip line claimed responsibility
for both the sniper shootings and the Sept. 21
shooting outside ABC Beverage. Malvo's fingerprint
was reportedly found on a gun magazine found at the
Alabama crime scene.
-- 9:30 a.m.:
Reports say a gun was found in the car in custody
and that Muhammad is being charged on a federal gun
violation and Malvo as a material witness.
-- 10:30 a.m.:
Bellingham, Wash., officials say suspects in custody
are working alone and not with an organized group. The officials
add that authorities first had contact with Malvo
Dec. 18 after noticing "suspicious activity." Malvo
said he came to the area to finish high school.
-- Around 11
a.m.: The blue Caprice is towed to Gaithersburg, Md.,
and described as a "wealth of evidence." Reports say
a rifle found in the car shoots .223 caliber bullets.
Reports say police found a gun, a scope and a tripod
in the car as well as a hole in the trunk of the car
police suspect was used to point the gun.
confirm that a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle found in
Muhammad's car has been linked by ballistics to 11
of the 14 shootings, including one in which no one
-- 10:30 a.m.:
Montgomery, Ala., police say they will charge Malvo
and Muhammad with capital murder. They say a
positive ID was made placing Muhammad at the scene
of the Sept. 21 shooting there and will charge Malvo
as an adult.
-- A federal
search warrant for the Caprice says that Muhammad
also went by the names Wayne Weeks and Wayne Weekley.
The warrant says that "numerous personal belongings"
were found in the car when authorities arrested the
men and that belongings indicated the car was being
used as a residence.
ask residents of south Camden, N.J., what they know
about the two sniper suspects. Authorities are also
looking for Nathaniel Osbourne, who co-owns the car
in which the suspects were found.