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Woman Dead in Virginia Shooting

October 15, 2002

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) _ A woman was killed outside a Home Depot store Monday night. Police said the shooting might be related to the sniper spree.

``A female has been shot and killed,″ said Fairfax County Police Lt. Amy Lubas.

The shooting occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., Lubas said. A police spokesman said roads were being closed in the area, about 10 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Maryland task force investigating the sniper attacks was conferring with Fairfax authorities to see if the shooting is related.

Virginia State Police said they were on the lookout for a white Chevrolet Astro van, last seen traveling east on Route 50 from Falls Church. Interstates 66 and I-95 are nearby.

The Home Depot is in the Seven Corners Shopping Center, a 450-thousand-square-foot strip shopping center with a parking garage. The center also has a grocery store, an electronics retailer and a pet supply retailer.

The body of the victim lay under a sheet is in the parking lot in front of the Home Depot, on the first floor of a two-story structure, 30 yards from the store entrance.

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