D.C. Sniper AttacksADDPMP598
A series of coordinated shootings, also known as the Beltway sniper attacks, that occurred during three weeks in October 2002, mainly in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, USA. Ten people were killed and three others were critically wounded by the two snipers, John Allen Muhammad (age 41 at the time) and Lee Boyd Malvo (age 17 at the time), who traveled in a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan.
In the 2003 trial, the prosecutor claimed that the rampage was part of a plot to kill Muhammad’s ex-wife and regain custody of his children, but the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support this argument. Muhammad was sentenced to death, and Malvo, a juvenile, to six consecutive life sentences without parole.
Although the pair’s actions were classified by the media as serial killers, whether or not their psychopathy meets this classification or that of a spree killer is debated by researchers.