OCT. 24, 2002 Beginning in early October 2002, unidentified snipers terrorized the nation's capital and surrounding suburbs for weeks, shooting people at random as they went about their lives. A landscaper and people at gas stations and in parking lots were among those killed. Within days, police had linked seven shootings to a single gun and initially believed the attackers were driving a white box truck. Witnesses later pointed to a blue Chevrolet Caprice, which is what police found John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, then 17, sleeping in at a rest stop off Interstate 70 on Oct. 24. "The fear that had pervaded the region — forcing schoolchildren behind locked doors and turning mundane outdoor ventures into a test of nerves — began to dissipate as news of the day's events filtered out," read a Washington Post story written by Carol Morello, Christian Davenport and Hamil Harris. The pair of drifters killed a total of 10 people during the October spree. They killed five others in attacks elsewhere dating to February 2002. Muhammad was tried and convicted of a murder in Manassas and sentenced to death. He was executed in November 2009 at age 48. Malvo was convicted of one murder and pleaded guilty to another six. Now 32, he is serving multiple life sentences.

Annys Shin