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Man shot, killed at D.C.-area gas station

Virginia police probe sniper link

Thursday, October 10, 2002 Posted: 7:37 AM EDT (1137 GMT)

A man was shot to death after putting gas into this car at a Sunoco station on Wednesday night.

MANASSAS, Virginia (CNN) -- Authorities are investigating whether a fatal shooting Wednesday night at a gas station near Washington is connected to sniper shootings in the area that have claimed six lives.

A man was slain at 8:15 p.m. ET after he had finished pumping gas. Surveillance video showed him slumped between a gas pump and his car.

Police are looking for a white Dodge Caravan that was spotted leaving the scene. A similar vehicle was mentioned by witnesses at one of the earlier shootings.

"At this point we cannot say if this case is related to those other shootings," Prince William County Police Chief Charlie Deane said early Thursday.

Authorities are withholding the identity of the latest victim until his family has been notified.

"The victim was by himself," Deane said. "He's not a local person."

Investigators declined to say where the victim had been hit, or how many times he had been shot. "We don't know where the shot or shots came from," Deane said.

Jeff Hintosh, a 19-year-old waiter at a nearby Shoney's, said he and his co-workers heard a single shot and did not see a fleeing vehicle. All the sniper victims so far have been hit with a single shot.

Police were looking for an "Asian male" driving a black Honda who was pumping gas near the time of the shooting. Prince William County police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Chinn called him a witness and made a public appeal for him to contact police.

Chinn asked witnesses to the shooting to call police at (703) 792-6500 or Crime Solvers at (800) 673-2777.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department, which is leading the sniper investigation, sent a team of investigators to the scene.

Manassas is a suburb of about 35,000 people, southwest of the nation's capital.


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Suspect vehicle:

White van, possibly an Isuzu or a Mitsubishi, with black lettering on the side.

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