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Seized Gun Tied to Sniper Killings

October 25, 2002

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ One of America’s most extraordinary manhunts culminated Thursday in the arrests of an Army veteran and a teenager, asleep at a roadside rest stop _ perpetrators, authorities believe, of a bloody, three-week sniping spree that left 10 people dead and multitudes paralyzed by fear.

John Allen Muhammad, 41, _ arrested with John Lee Malvo, 17 _ appeared in court, and was ordered held. Neither has been charged with the shootings, but law-enforcement sources told The Associated Press that investigators were certain they had cracked the case.

A gun found in the suspects’ car _ a Bushmaster rifle _ had been linked by ballistics to 11 of the 13 shootings, said Michael Bouchard, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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