The First Killings
The first of the Beltway killings took place Oct. 2. in Glenmont, Md. By the next morning when four men and women died from single-bullet wounds within a barely two-hour period, authorities found themselves handling a community under siege. One victim had been mowing the lawn when he fell wounded. Another sat reading on a public bench. But the shooter wasn’t done: At 9:15 p.m. the same day, a retired carpenter was shot while walking a D.C. street.