Man Shot in Ashland, Va.; Police Investigating Whether Attack Is Sniper-Related
Since Oct. 2, 2002 there have been 11 shootings in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., that have left nine people dead and two wounded.
ROCKVILLE, Md. ‚ÄĒ The task force investigating the Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks is headed to Ashland, Va., where a man was shot Saturday in the parking lot of a Ponderosa restaurant.
The 37-year-old victim was shot once in the back and immediately rushed to the hospital. He is reportedly still alive and currently undergoing surgery, according to authorities.
Parts of a nearby highway, Interstate 95, were closed in an effort to find the shooter.
Montgomery County, Md., police Capt. Nancy Demme said the sniper task force was on the way to the scene to determine whether there is any connection to the string of sniper shootings. Ashland is about 70 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 20 miles north of Richmond, Va.