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Search for Suspected Shooter Stuck

March 14, 2000

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Police searched parks on foot and sent a robot into underground storm drains in their efforts to find a fugitive accused of killing four people in a two-day rampage.

But Joseph Palczynski on Monday eluded police for a sixth day. Police believe he may be using the pipes to travel to railroad tracks and a neighborhood 7-Eleven store, where there have been unconfirmed sightings.

Police believe bedding and clothing found in woods in the area may have been used by Palczynski.

A line of 60 police officers marched across Dundee Salt Peter Park Monday morning and nearby Gunpowder Falls State Park in the afternoon, in the hopes of flushing him out. Police would not say what led them to the parks.

``Nothing and no one has been found,″ police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

Authorities say Palczynski abducted his estranged girlfriend March 7 after shooting to death a couple who had sheltered her after she moved from his home, then killed a neighbor. He allegedly killed a fourth person the next day during an attempted carjacking.

The girlfriend, Tracy Whitehead, escaped the same day.

Palczynski resurfaced in Virginia, stealing guns and a van and forcing a man to drive him back to Baltimore over the weekend, police said.

In Baltimore, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge James K. Bredar ordered Constance Waugh, who allegedly bought weapons for Palczynski, into federal custody for a mental exam. A court hearing will be held later to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.

Waugh, 48, was arrested Friday at her home and charged with lying on a federal form by saying she, not Palczynski, planned to use the weapons, federal officials said.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years for the so-called ``straw purchases,″ said Mike Campbell, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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