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Saturday, October 19, 2002
11:51 PM

Man Shot Near Richmond; I-95 Blocked

From the Post:

A 37-year-old man was shot tonight in a parking area near Interstate 95, north of Richmond, in an attack that appeared similar to the sniper shootings that have spread fear through the Washington region. Like 11 attacks attributed to the elusive gunman since Oct. 2, last night's shooting drew a massive police response.

The man was shot once about 8:30 p.m. outside a restaurant in Ashland, about 75 miles south of Washington, authorities said. He was taken to the Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia Hospital, where, according to initial reports, he was undergoing surgery and was in stable condition.

A Virginia State Police dispatcher said officers were looking for a white van with a ladder rack. Similar alerts were issued after several of the sniper shootings, and it was not clear last night whether the lookout was prompted by a new sighting.

An employee at a nearby fast food restaurant said in a telephone interview last night that she was outside on a break and heard a shot. She ran to the parking lot and saw the man on the pavement behind the Ponderosa restaurant. Bystanders were trying to stop bleeding from his abdomen.

If the shooting was carried out by the sniper, who has killed nine people and wounded two, it would be the first on a weekend and break a five-day lull in shootings attributed to the gunman.

Can Hanover County or the Ashland police take over the investigation? Their chief and their spokesman, who just finished a live briefing, were crisp, clear, responsive when possible, professional when they could not answer a question.

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