2002 Washington DC sniper executed

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Jarratt (Virginia, US), Nov.11 (ANI): John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the sniper attacks that terrorized Washington D.C. for three weeks in October 2002, was executed here on Tuesday.

Muhammad died by injection at 9:11 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, the New York Post quoted prison spokesman Larry Traylor, as saying.

He said Muhammad had no final statement and did not utter a word during his execution.

Muhammad was executed for killing Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot in the head at a Manassas gas station during a spree that left 10 dead across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The shootings terrorized the region, as victim after victim was shot down while doing everyday chores such as going shopping, pumping gas and mowing the lawn. One child was shot while walking into his middle school.

People stayed indoors. Those who did go outside weaved as they walked or bobbed their heads to make themselves a less easy target.

The reign of terror ended on Oct. 24, 2002, when police captured Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, as they slept at a Maryland rest stop in a car they had outfitted for a shooter to perch in its trunk without being detected.

Muhammad and Malvo also were suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Muhammad's final appeal Monday and Governor Timothy M. Kaine denied clemency Tuesday. (ANI)

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