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b17princess2
12-02-2003, 10:30 AM
Hi Turbosleuthing and BeeBee....I live in Dublin, Ohio..the Northwest corner off of I-270...the shootings have been taking place around the southern part of I-270.... Have either one of you heard anything about the shootings before the lady was killed? I listen to the news every morning..and had not heard a thing about it until the recent death....I think they are now saying there has been 11 incidents since May??? (Maybe related, maybe not)...Very Scary...I for one, am avoiding that area.

Doyle
12-02-2003, 11:13 AM
missed this article which has more information...
Details about the possible personality of the person shooting at motorists around Columbus were released by authorities Friday in the hope that the public will help them catch whoever shot and killed a woman this week.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/11/28/highway.shooting/index.html

The columbus Dispatch is following this more closely, but they charge for online access.
http://www.dispatch.com/

b17princess2
12-02-2003, 05:04 PM
They just broke in with a news bullitin on our local Columbus, Ohio news station stating that positively 4 of the shootings are linked together by the same bullits. Another news conference is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Doyle
12-03-2003, 06:15 AM
Ohio police now believe 12 shootings related
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/12/03/highway.shootings/index.html

Weapon connected to gunfire on I-270 also fired at elementary school
http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/1203shootfolo.html

b17princess2
12-06-2003, 01:15 PM
Here' s the latest on the I-270 shootings... from our local news channel 4 here in Columbus...they are closing down that stretch of the highway tonight to investigate....Here's the link....

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2687329/detail.html

Casshew
12-06-2003, 07:56 PM
Gawd b17.. you live near this place??

Keep safe.. don't be driving around until they get the people responsibe :eek:

Cass...

b17princess2
12-06-2003, 11:53 PM
Originally posted by Casshew
Gawd b17.. you live near this place??

Keep safe.. don't be driving around until they get the people responsibe :eek:

Cass...

Yeah...we do live semi-near where the shootings are happening. We went out of town tonight and really needed to go that way (after 7pm-when it would have been re-opened)...we took the back roads ....I was too afraid. Very scary! What I find very scary is the fact that so many shootings have happened and they started back in May.....we (Columbus) were never told anything about them until a lady was shot/killed! Makes you wonder what else may be going on??? I will be careful..I promise! Thanks for caring.:)

Casshew
12-06-2003, 11:57 PM
Sheeesh.. it must be scary to have to worry about a sniper. I mean on top of everything else that goes on in the world today :dontknow:

Cass....

b17princess2
12-07-2003, 12:28 AM
Originally posted by Casshew
Sheeesh.. it must be scary to have to worry about a sniper. I mean on top of everything else that goes on in the world today :dontknow:

Cass....

It is scary! My husband thought it would be ok to travel that way tonight..but we had our children with us and our neighbor's children....NO WAY! I am not going that way until they find that freak(s)!!

I hope the Police know more then they are saying and have some good tips to go on! It does make you wonder why this person(s) has decided to target that particular stretch of the highway? Does he/she/they live in that area...maybe kids out being stupid? or Someone that has a vendetta against something that happened in that area? Makes you wonder what makes people do such awful things!

I feel really bad for the family and friends of the lady that died. It was so sad to hear the lady that was driving the car talk about her dear friend that was shot sitting in the passenger seat. Very heart wrenching....they were just out shopping...the driver blamed herself because she said if she would have gone another way...her best friend would still be alive. So sad and tragic.

BeeBee
12-07-2003, 02:09 AM
I haven't read any of the links since I try and watch the Columbus News in the evening but I heard that some people came forward after months of not mentioning anything (how stupid is that!) and told of their horse trailer being shot. I believe it was them that told of seeing what they thought were some kids at the time. I can't recall if they said they saw a gun or not though. So, maybe the police will check out the homes around that area for young boys and see if they can find out anything.

The last time my husband was on that stretch of highway was taking his mother to Portsmouth, Ohio on Memorial Day weekend. That being the end of May it made me feel starnge.

BeeBee
12-07-2003, 02:16 AM
Doyle, Your PM box is full.:)

b17princess2
12-07-2003, 09:29 AM
Originally posted by BeeBee
I haven't read any of the links since I try and watch the Columbus News in the evening but I heard that some people came forward after months of not mentioning anything (how stupid is that!) and told of their horse trailer being shot. I believe it was them that told of seeing what they thought were some kids at the time. I can't recall if they said they saw a gun or not though. So, maybe the police will check out the homes around that area for young boys and see if they can find out anything.

The last time my husband was on that stretch of highway was taking his mother to Portsmouth, Ohio on Memorial Day weekend. That being the end of May it made me feel starnge.



Yes BeeBee, you are correct! A couple's horse trailer was hit by one of the bullet's back in August...the couple said the remembered seeing a group of boys with riffle's on an overpass or something!

Also, I was listening to our local radio station the other day (WNCI)...a caller called in and said that they live across the street from a big-wig at UPS (located here in Cols)....the caller said that their neighbor told them that 3 UPS vans had been shot at (hit) and one of their drivers had been hit. THIS IS UNCONFIRMED!! I am just saying I heard this on the radio!! I said something to our FedEx gal about what the caller said, and she said she wouldn't be surprised...they like to keep things from the public so we don't panic. IMO...I would think that if an UPS driver was hit...it would have been reported to the public?? Again....that story is only what I heard....NOT CONFIRMED!!

Oh, they are talking about the shootings right now on channel 4 news...They are saying that last night when they shut down the Interstate from 5pm-7pm ....the investigator's were trying to use lazers to find out exactly where the bullets were shot from!

b17princess2
12-07-2003, 09:34 AM
Here's Sunday's Update (Dec.7,03) (found on our Channel 4 local news station's website):

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2687887/detail.html

turbosleuthing
12-07-2003, 11:18 PM
I've compiled this information from the Columbus Dispatch and from a little research on my own.

May 10, 2003 (Saturday) *The next day was Mother's Day*
Chevy Cavalier, car ran out of gas, owner and 2 others walked for help around 3am. When they came back the car had been shot at twice. The hood, windshield, and windshield wiper had been damaged.

August 31, 2003 (Sunday) *Following day was Labor Day*
Bullet struck a horse trailer. This is the report of the couple seeing "several juveniles" including one with a firearm on an overpass before teh shot was fired. The bullet does not match to the fatal bullet but is considered to be related b/c of the location.

October 10, 2003 (Friday) *The 11th was first day of Tabernacle, the 12 was second day of Tabernacle and the 13 was Columbus Day.*
Pontiac Bonneville Driving home around 12:15 pm bullet struck the left rear tire.

October 11, 2003 (Saturday) *See above for holidays*
Nissan Sentra "bullet ripped" through the car, passed over teh back seat and shattered a rear window.

October 19, 2003 (Sunday) *No close Holidays that I can see*
18 wheeler driving around 11pm driver side window exploded, showering driver with glass. The bullet matched that of the fatal bullet.

November 11, 2003 (Tuesday) *This was Veteran's Day*
Around 1:35 am an alarm triggered police to the unoccupied school in Hamilton Township. The bullet from the school matched the gun used in the homicide.

November 17, 2003 (Monday) *No Holidays that week*
A UPS driver was driving around 11am when he felt a jolt, he discovered a bullet hole in a door behind the driver's seat. Driver states it missed him by 18 inches.

November 18, 2003 (Tuesday) *No Holidays that week*
Police gave the bullet to the driver of a Ford Expedition since it didn't seem significant to police. Bullet was in driver's side door. Investigators have not linked the slug from vehicle to the fatal bullet.

November 21, 2003 (Friday) *6 days before Thanksgiving)*
Bullet shattered the rear passenger window of van around 7:40 pm.

November 25, 2003 (Tuesday) *2 days before Thanksgiving*
Pontiac Grand-Am driving around 10am, bullet punched through the driver side door killing Gail Knisley. Within hours two other vehicles were hit by bullets in the area.

#2 Bullet damaged rear fender well of GMC Jimmy around 2pm.

#3 Coca-Cola driver discovered a bullet hole in backof his semitrailer around 3pm.

November 30, 2003 (Sunday) *3 days after Thanksgiving*
Plymouth Sundance bullet struck passenger side door.

Bullet also was found in a home on the living room floor. The bullet was fired at the house somewhere between Nov. 30th after 11pm and December 1 around 3:30pm. The bullet matched that of the fatal bullet.

turbosleuthing
12-08-2003, 01:16 AM
If this shooter is a youth(s) doing this it would make sense that over the summer the shooter was elsewhere (perhaps) the other parents house and not able to be in the Columbus area.

Why would this person stop for 2 1/2 months?

Doyle
12-09-2003, 05:51 AM
Cameras installed along I-270
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/12/08/highway.cameras/index.html

b17princess2
12-09-2003, 06:05 PM
I talked to our UPS driver today and told him about what I heard on the radio about a report that 3 UPS trucks had been hit by the interstates shooter and one of their drivers shot in the leg! He confirmed that it was true about 3 of their trucks being hit. He said he had also heard himself, that one of their driver's was hit, but that UPS took it upon themsleves to keep it hush hush. He said the company was like that. That's just for what it's worth..I know, it's still hearsay..but wanted to fill you in on a report from one of UPS's very own.

MidnightMyst
12-09-2003, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by b17princess2
I talked to our UPS driver today and told him about what I heard on the radio about a report that 3 UPS trucks had been hit by the interstates shooter and one of their drivers shot in the leg! He confirmed that it was true about 3 of their trucks being hit. He said he had also heard himself, that one of their driver's was hit, but that UPS took it upon themsleves to keep it hush hush. He said the company was like that. That's just for what it's worth..I know, it's still hearsay..but wanted to fill you in on a report from one of UPS's very own.

I heard about the cameras being installed, I hope they get them soon! I know they don't want to get everyone in a panic, but geeeze!

Do be careful B17, I couldn't stand to lose you now, I just found you! :blowkiss:

Jeana (DP)
12-09-2003, 06:11 PM
I don't know what good its supposed to do when they TELL people they're putting the cameras up. They might scare them enough for them to move down the road, but they're not gonna catch 'em. Did I miss something about this? Help me out here.

turbosleuthing
12-09-2003, 06:13 PM
I agree Jeana, I'm surprised they said anything. If I was the shooter I'd just move out of the distance.

turbosleuthing
12-09-2003, 07:09 PM
I just heard another shooting? Police have info now? Maybe it's just the news channel's way of baiting viewers but I will try to watch and FYI ya!

Doyle
12-10-2003, 06:15 AM
The number of confirmed shootings near an Ohio interstate highway is now 15. And authorities say they now have six ballistic matches.
http://www.local6.com/news/2694173/detail.html

b17princess2
12-10-2003, 01:07 PM
Originally posted by MidnightMyst
I heard about the cameras being installed, I hope they get them soon! I know they don't want to get everyone in a panic, but geeeze!

Do be careful B17, I couldn't stand to lose you now, I just found you! :blowkiss:


Thank You MM!! I am being very careful! It is all too close for comfort for me. I refuse to go that way..In fact, my parents were going to come over to Cols to do some Christmas shopping today..then they realized they have to drive near where the shootings have been taking place...so they are heading to Dayton instead!! I don't blame them one bit! A lot of people are detouring!!

Thank you for Caring:blowkiss:

Doyle
12-11-2003, 05:56 AM
No new ballistic evidence was found and no new shootings were reported Wednesday in the serial shooting case, according to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Steve Martin.
http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2696811/detail.html

this site has a timeline of the shootings.

b17princess2
12-12-2003, 09:42 AM
I was listening to our local Channel 4,Columbus News this morning... they reported that a semi truck driver from out of state was on his way to make a delivery here in Columbus (near where the shootings have been happening). Truck driver says he saw a flash of fire come from an overpass and he heard a shot. He said it sounded like the shot hit his truck! Police are investigating and thus far, from the early AM Channel 4 report...no bullet holes have been found on the semi. They are waiting until daylight to look over the truck again! Truck driver says he has been around guns his whole life and he knows what he saw and heard! He also commented that because he lives out of state, he didn't know anything about the shootings.

I can't find any info yet on our local tv/radio websites..probably because it is so fresh of an incident.

MidnightMyst
12-12-2003, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by b17princess2
I was listening to our local Channel 4,Columbus News this morning... they reported that a semi truck driver from out of state was on his way to make a delivery here in Columbus (near where the shootings have been happening). Truck driver says he saw a flash of fire come from an overpass and he heard a shot. He said it sounded like the shot hit his truck! Police are investigating and thus far, from the early AM Channel 4 report...no bullet holes have been found on the semi. They are waiting until daylight to look over the truck again! Truck driver says he has been around guns his whole life and he knows what he saw and heard! He also commented that because he lives out of state, he didn't know anything about the shootings.

I can't find any info yet on our local tv/radio websites..probably because it is so fresh of an incident.

Yikes!!!!!!! :mad:

b17princess2
12-12-2003, 01:44 PM
Here's a link to the latest happenings:

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2700895/detail.html

b17princess2
12-14-2003, 12:20 AM
Here's some article's I found that may be of interest:

(1) Bullet holes found in Rite Rug delivery truck (hasn't been proven that it is related to freeway shooter).

(2) ODOT employees find gun along highway.....

(3) Update on driver of semi truck/ that says he was shot at the other day.

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2700895/detail.html

b17princess2
12-14-2003, 12:31 AM
$30,000 Reward Offered for I-270 Sniper (Reference Columbus Dispatch)

http://www.dispatch.com/reports-story.php?story=dispatch/2003/12/13/20031213-A1-02.html

b17princess2
12-15-2003, 08:31 PM
Bullet in home being tested for serial shooting link:

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2704819/detail.html

Doyle
12-18-2003, 05:40 AM
Authorities investigating a series of shootings along an interstate highway said Wednesday they have linked a 16th incident to the others
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/12/18/ohio.shootings/index.html

b17princess2
12-18-2003, 09:36 AM
Here's an update from our local Channel 4 news station (Columbus, Ohio).

School District Closed Because of Shootings.

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2711721/detail.html

Doyle
12-19-2003, 05:49 AM
Authorities at the South-Western City School District in southern Columbus announced they would cancel classes for a second day Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/12/18/ohio.shootings/index.html

Doyle
12-20-2003, 05:04 AM
Authorities said Friday that gunfire that hit two school buses this week is connected to 16 other shootings along a stretch of highway.
http://www.crimescenes.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=61&st=0&#entry917

Doyle
12-22-2003, 05:44 AM
About 60 federal, state and local authorities canvassed neighborhoods near Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday in an effort to find out who is responsible for a series of shootings that have left one woman dead and the metropolitan area on edge
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/12/20/ohio.shootings/index.html

Doyle
12-23-2003, 05:37 AM
Authorities have mailed about 20,000 fliers to south-side residents informing them of the $40,000 reward for information leading to an indictment in a string of 18 shootings in the area.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/1222shootingweb.html

b17princess2
12-23-2003, 02:54 PM
Here's another News Report from Channel 4 News

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2721412/detail.html

Doyle
12-28-2003, 07:14 AM
Investigators trying to solve at least 18 related highway shootings are looking at student records at schools in the area.
http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2727271/detail.html

Doyle
01-24-2004, 06:02 AM
A gunshot at a car that the driver said came from an interstate overpass is linked to a series of sniper shootings that have targeted cars, schools buses and buildings, investigators said Friday.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,109355,00.html

poco
01-24-2004, 07:14 PM
So why aren't we hearing more about this on the news, etc????

Doyle
02-02-2004, 05:26 AM
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.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,110050,00.html

alpharee
02-02-2004, 03:51 PM
this scares me sooo bad. I'm angry because this was not in the news when it began happening and I drove on both of those routes numerous times this summer and the early fall, going home to visit my family. I had my 6 year old son with me. I'm angered because I wasn't aware of this and drove right into the middle of it. I just thank God he didn't chose those days to kill.
I need to make a trip home and am trying to find an alternative route because I'm afraid to drive thru there. Hope they catch him soon.

Doyle
02-09-2004, 05:44 AM
A van and a Mercedes were shot minutes apart on an interstate Sunday in a region where a series of 21 sniper shootings have occurred, investigators said.
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040208_1020.html

Doyle
02-10-2004, 05:19 AM
Witness Reportedly Gets Look At Ohio Highway Shooter
http://www.thesandiegochannel.com/news/2832206/detail.html

Doyle
02-10-2004, 05:40 AM
Experts Fear Ohio Sniper Has Widened Zone
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040210_179.html

b17princess2
02-10-2004, 10:43 AM
Here's another article from our Channel 4 News (Columbus Ohio):

Experts: Shooting Progression Meant To Throw Off Police

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2834562/detail.html

CarolinaGirl
02-10-2004, 06:05 PM
My heart goes out to the Columbus (and surrounding area) residents and visitors who have driven along I-270!

I have been an Ohio resident all my life. I am originally from Cleveland, went to college at Miami University (Ohio), and then worked in Cincinnati. (We only moved to the Carolina area a year ago.)

I can't imagine what you are going through, having to fear a shooter as you innocently drive your car. Please stay safe. I hope they catch this psycho very soon!

Thank you for providing links and news stories for the rest of us.

Doyle
02-16-2004, 05:30 AM
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 cars below. He then walked to his car and slipped into traffic
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2004/feb/15/021501328.html

tuppence
02-16-2004, 01:11 PM
There are two big questions I'm wondering about with this and I would love to hear what others think:

1) Is he trying to kill people (and is just not a very good shot) or was the death an accident (seems surprising he would keep doing it if that was true)

2) Does he want to get caught? The recent actions seem to be so bold that it seems like he is wanting to be caught.


Maybe he never meant to kill anyone and the guilt has been building up so now he is getting reckless - subconsciously wanting to get caught?? I don't know - no answer seems to make that much sense.

PrayersForMaura
02-16-2004, 03:02 PM
My fiance and I have been talking about this issue. This is terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

b17princess2
02-18-2004, 06:28 PM
Possibly another vehicle shot today by serial shooter..they are investigating it right now....here's the latest link.....


http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2856597/detail.html

b17princess2
02-19-2004, 07:56 AM
Seems the lastest "sniper shooting" was a hoax....

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2856597/detail.html

babylove
02-21-2004, 11:32 AM
Hey all, I'm an Ohioan too... I live in Cleveland right off of I-71 actually. I hope everyone down south living in the areas this guy is using for hunting grounds stays out of his path. Its realy scary to think you can't even get in your car and drive to work without fear of being shot at while riding in your vehicle!

I have several friends who live on campus at OSU, and I havn't gone to visit any of them this year because I don't want to go anywhere near that. I am not too familiar with that area so I don't want to take shortcuts to get down there. I drive a big red Chevy Blazer, and I'm scared I would be a good target.

I hope they catch this maniac soon... everyone is in danger traveling that road... the police don't want to panick people but they need to do something here! When godforbid some poor baby, toddler, or child is struck by a bullet, its going to get a lot more serious, and thats total BS. This reminds me of the DC Sniper shootings. People were scared, I mean people were being shot at pumping gas!! But when they shot that por kid at school, it became a whole new ballgame. I just hope they can catch the sick ba$tard before it comes to that. :(

b17princess2
02-21-2004, 11:45 AM
Hey all, I'm an Ohioan too... I live in Cleveland right off of I-71 actually. I hope everyone down south living in the areas this guy is using for hunting grounds stays out of his path. Its realy scary to think you can't even get in your car and drive to work without fear of being shot at while riding in your vehicle!

I have several friends who live on campus at OSU, and I havn't gone to visit any of them this year because I don't want to go anywhere near that. I am not too familiar with that area so I don't want to take shortcuts to get down there. I drive a big red Chevy Blazer, and I'm scared I would be a good target.

I hope they catch this maniac soon... everyone is in danger traveling that road... the police don't want to panick people but they need to do something here! When godforbid some poor baby, toddler, or child is struck by a bullet, its going to get a lot more serious, and thats total BS. This reminds me of the DC Sniper shootings. People were scared, I mean people were being shot at pumping gas!! But when they shot that por kid at school, it became a whole new ballgame. I just hope they can catch the sick ba$tard before it comes to that. :(

Hi Babylove (neighbor) :) I live in Columbus and it is scary! My husband has to travel that way for buisness every once and a while and it scares the daylights out of me! He had to go to Cincy last week..he called me to tell me he was on his way home..I asked him where he was and he said on 71S! I begged him to find a different route..and he did. I am not sure if the shooter is trying to kill people or just hit their vehical..either way, he is a very sick individual. One elderly lady HAS already been killed..and other's could follow. There have been some witnesses that have actually seen the guy. He seems to be getting a little bolder (almost like he wants to be caught)...Hopefully they will catch him soon.

alpharee
02-21-2004, 12:15 PM
I am from Cleveland too. So hello there neighbors. I live right off of 90.
I'm paranoid about Columbus, I have driven thru there sooo many times before this shooter was in the news or as popular. They said the shootings started in May, I was so upset because I had been thru there on 71, 270 and 70 many many times with my 6 year old. Since they've let it out in the news, I've stayed away. I hope they catch him soon before another person is injured or killed.

b17princess2
02-21-2004, 07:13 PM
I am from Cleveland too. So hello there neighbors. I live right off of 90.
I'm paranoid about Columbus, I have driven thru there sooo many times before this shooter was in the news or as popular. They said the shootings started in May, I was so upset because I had been thru there on 71, 270 and 70 many many times with my 6 year old. Since they've let it out in the news, I've stayed away. I hope they catch him soon before another person is injured or killed.

Hi Alpahree (neighbor2) :) I was shocked too, that they said he started shooting back in May of last year! That's scary. I mean, I can understand them not wanting to induce panic, but it does make you wonder what else is going on that we, the public, know nothing about? I too, hope they catch this nut soon!

MidnightMyst
02-21-2004, 11:27 PM
HI all! We drove thru Columbus this weekend on I-71 while on our way to Cleveland for a visit with some friends. We saw tons of police on the roads. I was busy scoping out each overpass also. We didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Glad that we made it home safe!

b17princess2
02-23-2004, 10:32 AM
HI all! We drove thru Columbus this weekend on I-71 while on our way to Cleveland for a visit with some friends. We saw tons of police on the roads. I was busy scoping out each overpass also. We didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Glad that we made it home safe!

Hi MM!! I am glad you made it safe too!! It's very stressfull when you have to drive through a "war zone"!! Hope you had an nice visit with your friends!

MidnightMyst
02-23-2004, 01:22 PM
Hi MM!! I am glad you made it safe too!! It's very stressfull when you have to drive through a "war zone"!! Hope you had an nice visit with your friends!

Thanks B17! we did have a good visit, but I'm still tired. Did way too much driving. Guess I'm getting OLD LOL

b17princess2
03-16-2004, 09:55 AM
Here's the latest update on the Columbus Highway Sniper (from the Columbus Dispatch). They do have a suspect, but now have to find him!

http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/03/16/20040316-A1-00.html

b17princess2
03-16-2004, 10:18 AM
Here's another link to our local News Media (Channel 4 News):

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/serialshootings/2924253/detail.html

LP Moderator
03-16-2004, 06:55 PM
So . . . this suspect has a history of mental illness and is STILL able to purchase a firearm. Does anyone else think there may be a problem here?

Cops Lead Manhunt for Ohio Sniper Suspect

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police in Ohio are on the hunt for the highway sniper who has terrorized the Columbus area for months and left one woman dead.

Officials announced Tuesday that they believe Charles A. McCoy Jr. (search), 28, is the elusive gunman linked to two dozen highway shootings. They warned that the suspect has a history of mental health problems and is believed to be armed and dangerous.

"The key issue for us right now is to locate this guy," said Steve Martin, chief deputy of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office (search). "We believe he bought another gun."

* * *

"McCoy has had mental health issues in the past and is currently not on medication," the notification read. "He is believed to have suicidal or homicidal tendencies."

Since May, two dozen sniper shootings have targeted vehicles and buildings around Interstate 270, which circles Columbus, and other highways. Most of the shootings have happened since October; the latest was on Feb. 14.

Martin would not say what evidence led investigators to McCoy, but newspaper and television reports said Tuesday that McCoy's family gave authorities at least one of his guns.

* * *

The newspaper reported that McCoy's father, Charles Sr., later gave police a 9 mm Beretta handgun, and on Monday it was ballistically matched to some of the bullet fragments recovered in the shootings.

* * *

She said he was upset over a possible move and withdrew $600 from a bank account, saying he was going to a restaurant-bar known for its array of video games.

Earlier, a neighbor, Janet Taylor, said she saw McCoy leave his mother's house on Monday. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy between the neighbor's account and the mother's report to police.

Martin's office, which is in charge of the investigation, would not release any details about the case Tuesday morning.

In the three most recent shootings, witnesses described seeing someone aiming at them while standing next to a car. Their descriptions of the suspect and car were similar to information the sheriff's office released Monday.

"I don't know if he's still local," Martin said. "We don't have any reason to believe he's not."

Investigators filed an arrest warrant late Monday for McCoy on a charge of felonious assault in a Dec. 15 shooting that damaged a house.

Nicole Sewald, 28, lived across the street from McCoy and told Fox News on Tuesday that she was surprised to know how close she was to the suspect.

"I just really couldn't even believe that it was that close to home," she said. "I am still amazed that I was actually that close to him and know him."

Though others in the community have described McCoy as "angry," Sewald called him "quiet," but said she'd never actually had a conversation with him.

"I know that other neighbors have had problems with him — nothing that I've encountered," she told Fox.

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Lab tests showed that bullets from nine of the shootings were fired from the same gun. The others were linked by location and circumstance.

From the beginning, Martin has said investigators believe the shooter is familiar with the area around I-270. Although the last four shootings were on other highways, most of those that occurred through January were within about a 10-mile southern stretch of the interstate.

The warrant issued Monday charges McCoy with firing two rounds from a 9 mm handgun into an occupied residence near I-270. Authorities had not previously identified the type of gun used in the shootings.

Two bullet holes were found on the front of the house and a bullet was found in a bathtub. No one answered the phone there late Monday.

Several neighbors said they recognized McCoy from a photo released by investigators, although they barely knew him.

A light was on in the McCoys' split-level house but the curtains were drawn and no one answered the door. A real estate agent briefly drove up to remove a "for sale" sign from in front of the house.

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Article at:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114290,00.html

SieSie
03-17-2004, 05:38 AM
Snip from http://www.nbc4columbus.com/serialshootings/2924253/detail.html
Neighbors said McCoy kept to himself, but others said he had a temper, Geraldino reported. "I have twins," one neighbor said. "He yelled at them when they were outside playing. I called him out about it. Now I'm scared to death." The neighbor said she never felt comfortable around McCoy. "I'd see him looking out the window," the neighbor said. "He'd always watch me. I'm so scared now because, you know, my kids go to Hamilton, and that was the school that was shot." Other neighbors said McCoy constantly complained about noise.

This guy needs to be found!!! I'm glad they have a suspect and name and all the information about his car and things. Hearing that he purchased ANOTHER gun, I'm not sure this is going to end well. I wonder if he's hoping for a standoff so he will get shot and killed (doesn't want to go to jail, too afraid to kill himself) - :confused: Just a speculation. It seems like he wanted to get caught after the death of the elderly woman. The shootings prior to that seemed to just be for the joy of scaring people, hitting big targets such as UPS trucks and buses. Hopefully he'll be found and be able to get some psychiatric help while behind bars.

Doyle
03-17-2004, 08:06 AM
The agent says Charles McCoy was taken into custody early Tuesday at a hotel in Las Vegas.
http://www.thesandiegochannel.com/news/2928103/detail.html?treets=sand&tml=sand_natlbreak&ts=T&tmi=sand_natlbreak_3466_05530003172004

indigomood
03-17-2004, 10:35 AM
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=1&u=/ap/20040317/ap_on_re_us/highway_shootings_33

Doyle
03-18-2004, 05:55 AM
For the first time in months, motorists driving around Columbus' outer suburbs aren't scrutinizing every overpass and checking their rearview mirror for a possible sniper.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/8215604.htm

ThoughtFox
03-18-2004, 09:09 AM
This is just an AWESOME story!!! Hooray for Amateur Sleuths!!!

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1079605856244330.xml

-270 suspect nailed How amateur did it

03/18/04

Ted Wendling and Stephen Ohlemacher
Plain Dealer Bureau


Columbus

Since Monday, Charles A. McCoy Jr. had been the highest-profile fugitive in America, fleeing Columbus in a 1999 Geo Metro and eluding a nationwide dragnet after being fingered as the Interstate 270 shooter.


Then he met a bald, poker-faced 60-year-old armchair detective named Conrad Malsom at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas.

McCoy was no match.

McCoy, 28, was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a Budget Suites Hotel, next to the Stardust, about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Members of a state and federal task force made the arrest after Malsom said he spent 13 hours tracking McCoy and calling authorities with tips after a chance meeting with him about noon Tuesday in the Stardust's sports betting parlor.

Instantly recognizing the haggard man who called himself "Mike" as a fugitive after offering McCoy a quarter of his pizza, Malsom spent Tuesday carefully gathering evidence that McCoy left at the casino, and eventually tracking down his car.

Afterward, the exhausted Las Vegas salesman, who credited his identification of McCoy from a newspaper photograph to 30 years of work as a lithographer, said he simply did what any responsible citizen would do.

"This [the shootings] has been going on since May, I've been told," he said in a telephone interview. "Your people there in Ohio have worked so hard on this. I happened to be one person who was at the right place at the right moment."

Malsom said he met McCoy at the Stardust after sharing most of a deluxe pizza with a friend. Unable to finish the last quarter of the pie, Malsom said he walked up to McCoy and said, "You look like you might enjoy a pizza. I have a really good one and we can't finish it. Would you like it?"

"He snapped back with a polite, Yes,' " Malsom said. "I took one look at him, and here's what I knew: It was him."

Malsom said he noticed that McCoy had a copy of USA Today, which featured a front-page story and photo about the hunt for McCoy. Just two hours earlier, Malsom said, he had read the same story. He told his friend he was certain that the man he had just given their leftover pizza to was wanted, but he went out to the car to take another look at his newspaper, just to be sure.

"I appraised his height at 5-foot-8, the weight was on the mark, and he was unshaven for about five days," Malsom said. "I was even more certain."

Malsom said McCoy bet on the horses for a while and then left, leaving behind a book of matches, some cigarette butts and an 8-by-14-inch piece of paper with indecipherable writing on it the writing, Malsom said, of "a troubled person."

Malsom picked up the items using a piece of paper. "I wanted to preserve it for fingerprinting," he said.

Malsom said he then began working the phone. He called the task force in Columbus, and faxed them the paper on which McCoy had written. He called the FBI in Cincinnati, which told him to contact the Las Vegas FBI, which he did.

By then, it was late in the afternoon, and Malsom said he drove to a friend's home about 15 miles outside of Las Vegas. Still dwelling on his meeting with McCoy, Malsom said he used his friend's computer to look up information on McCoy on the Web sites of Ohio's State Highway Patrol and a Columbus TV station.

One of the stories noted that McCoy's mother told authorities her son had withdrawn $600 and headed for GameWorks, a local video arcade. Reasoning that there was also a GameWorks in Las Vegas, Malsom said he got back in his car and drove there, but found nothing.

Because the Las Vegas strip was not far, Malsom said he decided to return to the Stardust to see whether McCoy had returned. He said he walked around, showing photos of McCoy to security guards, and then got back into his car and started cruising nearby parking lots.

It was about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when Malsom said he blundered into McCoy's Geo, parked in the parking lot of the Budget Suites.

"I slowly pulled up behind the rear of the car, about four feet from the license plate, and I read the license plate to myself three times," Malsom said. "And I swear my heart skipped a beat three times. That's the first real emotion I felt. I could have doubted myself, even though I was 99 percent certain . . . but now the car was 500 yards behind the Stardust."

Malsom said he drove around the corner and started making another round of calls, eventually reaching a Las Vegas police sergeant. He said the sergeant told him authorities were on the way.

But when Malsom returned to the parking lot, he said McCoy's car was gone. He said the police arrived, verified that McCoy was registered at the hotel under his own name and began placing agents around the parking lot and in a room adjacent to McCoy's.

It was about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday when McCoy returned. Malsom said agents walked up to McCoy and arrested him in the parking lot without incident, bringing the 13-hour saga to a close.

"I'm not a hero," Malsom said. "Those two officers who walked up to him, they're heroes. If you think about it, what if you or I would have walked up to him without drawn guns?"

b17princess2
03-19-2004, 12:02 PM
Here's a link to an interview with the Serial Shooter's Friend's...(source:News Channel 4, Columbus, Ohio)

http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2934520/detail.html

The article also states that there will be an interview with his friends on Dateline NBC this Sunday (March 21st)....7pm EST.

Doyle
04-02-2004, 12:58 PM
The man arrested in the deadly string of highway shootings that terrorized Ohio drivers for months was indicted Thursday on a murder charge that could bring the death penalty.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/04/01/highway.shootings.ap/index.html