WASHINGTON - The Washington, D.C. region is marking 20 years since John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the area in a series of deadly sniper attacks that left communities living in fear over a three-week span in October 2002.
Muhammad and Malvo shot and killed 10 people and wounded three others across the Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia during the deadly sniper spree. Multiple other victims were shot and killed across the country in the months prior as they made their way to the nation's capital.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - OCTOBER 20: Sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad handles a rifle scope during cross examination of Sgt. Maj. Mark Spicer during his trial in courtroom 10 at the Virginia Beach Circuit Court October 20, 2003 in Virginia Beach, Virgi
FOX 5's Bob Barnard first reported about the deadly sniper attacks on the morning of October 3, 2002 after four people had been shot and killed in only a matter of hours.
Barnard says the attacks were a nightmare that continue to haunt witnesses, family and police to this day. The shootings impacted the way the community went about their daily lives, traveled to school and even fueled up their vehicles.
DC Sniper Shootings: Nation’s capital region marks 20 years since deadly attacks terrorized area
"When this thing went down, it was so random and the shootings appeared to be everywhere - there was a question of whether or not this was another form of terrorism," Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, told Barnard.
Chief Charles Moose holds up a graphic aid composite composed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at a media conference October 12, 2002 in Rockville, Maryland. County Executive Douglas M. Duncan announced that Chief Moose will resign June 2
Malvo was sentenced to six life sentences without the possibility of parole. Muhammad was executed in 2009.
FAIRFAX, : Sniper suspect Lee Malvo (c) leaves a pre-trial hearing at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court 04 December 2002 in Fairfax, Virginia. Malvo is a suspect in a sniper style killing spree. It has been reported 02 July 200
Three Weeks Of Hell: The DC Snipers Podcast
In their new podcast, "Three Weeks Of Hell: The DC Snipers Podcast," Barnard and FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick discuss their reporting during this terrifying time in the nation's capital. You can listen to the first two episodes here on our website, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode 1 and Episode 2 are now available on FOX5DC.com in addition to YouTube, and wherever you get your podcasts including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart, and TuneIn.