Saturday, September 28, 2013

Shooting at Vehicles

Shooting at Vehicles ---
also see Drive-by Shooting ---
Shooting at Cars
Or boats and other vehicles
(and buses) Incidents by Category |Timeline

Suspects or police shooting at cars is a fairly rare occurrence, and usually comes with other red flags for assassination or terrorist commando attacks but are never identified as terrorist attacks or credited to political motives.

*Reference


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A series of apparently random roadside shootings in northern Colorado earlier this year raised alarm that a serial shooter might be trolling areas roads.

A member of the task force investigating the northern Colorado shootings that left a cyclist dead and a driver injured called authorities in Arizona to see if there were any similarities, said David Moore, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. Investigators found no links, he said.

A man Raulie Casteel Michigan Terrorist Freeway Shootings  was convicted last year of terrorism charges after opening fire on a busy Michigan highway because he believed the drivers were part of a government conspiracy against him.




*Terrorist Attacks

Very few shooting attacks on cars are identified as terrorist attacks. Usually it is classified as mentally unstable people with "no motive".
  1. 1 killed 2 wounded including child and pregnant mother April 13, 2014 Gaza Prime Minister Praises  April 13, 2014 Gaza Prime Minister Praises Shooting of Car Near Hebron  Gaza's prime minster Ismail Maniyeh praised the fatal shooting of a car near a checkpoint in the vicinity of the west bank city of Hebron. Terrorist gunmen opened after on an Israeli vehicle killing one and wounding two at the start of Passover. The victim was Israeli Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, a father of 5 in a police intelligence unit. His pregnant wife Haddas was injured, and the nine-year-old son, sustained shrapnel chest wounds. After being hit with two bullets, the mother took over the steering wheel and ordered her children to lie down on the floor of the car. Although no terrorist group took credit for the attack, the PM said that the shooting brought back life to the path of resistance against Israel and warned of more attacks. The Gaza-based terror group Islamic Jihad also praised the attack.
  2. February 3-12 2013: Christopher Jordan Dorner a former LAPD police officer was charged in connection with a series of shooting attacks on police officers and their families from February 3–12, 2013. The attacks left four people dead, including three police officers, and left three police officers wounded. Two women were wounded when they were shot in a vehicle mistaken for the suspect. Dorner was the subject of one of the largest manhunts in LAPD history, spanning two U.S. states and Mexico. Feb 12, Dorner died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, during a stand-off with police at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains. The LAPD declared Dorner to be a "domestic terrorist"
  3. Casualties: 13: 10 killed, 3 injured October 2002 The Beltway sniper attacks were a series of coordinated shootings that took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. were a series of coordinated shootings that took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Ten people were killed and three other victims were critically injured in several locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia. It was later learned that the rampage was perpetrated by one man, John Allen Muhammad, and one minor, Lee Boyd Malvo In September 2003, Muhammad was sentenced to death. One month later, Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. On November 10, 2009, Muhammad was executed by lethal injection.
Suspected terrorist motive
  1. 6 dead, 4 injured June 7, 2013 John Zawahri: Santa Monica College Massacre John Zawahri: Santa Monica College Massacre John Zawahri killed five people in a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California, on June 7, 2013. He shot his father and brother and burned his house, then stopped one car, shot another driver then ordered her to drive him away. He shot at a bus and a police cruiser. At the college campus, he shot at a Ford explorer killing the driver and wounding the passenger, then shot at various locations dressed in combat commando gear with a duffel bag filled with weapons and ammo before he was shot by police.
  2. 8 total 3 killed 5 injured February 21, 2013 Las Vegas rapper Maserati crash and shootout Ammar Asim Faruq Harris was the suspect in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting that left three people dead and injured five others.An innocent taxi driver and passenger were killed during Las Vegas shooting and crash when rapper Kenneth Cherry was shot dead and his Maserati crashed into their taxi. Harris is due for trial Sept. 28, 2014 in the Strip shooting.
  3. casualties: 4 dead Ali Syed Orange County Jihad Shooter February 18, 2013 In Tustin, Southern California Ali Syed, a 20-year-old Muslim Arab American shot randomly at passing cars and killed three people in Southern California before killing himself. The three victims were 3 victims identified as Courtney Aoki, a dancer acqaintance who was found murdered in his parent's house, Mel Edwards, and Jeremy Lewis

Not Terrorist

Year 2015

1 wounded June 26, 2015 Seattle: man hit by gunfire near intersection of I-5 and I-90 KOMO‑TV A man was shot while driving late Friday morning near the ... scene, the ramp from northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90, at about 11:40 a.m. after ... The ramp is now closed to traffic as officials respond to the shooting. tags: shooting at car

May 2015 3 shootings
Year 2014 8 incidents in 4 months, 2 per month


August 2014

Tuesday August 19, 2014  Rochester MN shot at 14 times in car in St Paul A 51 year old Rochester, Minn., man shot at 14 times while inside his car in a South St. Paul neighborhood late Tuesday night, but was only grazed and drove away. Breanna S. Harris, 21, and Desean L. Thomas, 22, were arrested the next night in St. Paul on suspicion of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, while a third suspect is sought. A 4-year-old boy who was in the vehicle was released to his grandmother at the scene. No motive was uncovered. (thug as terrorist?)
June 2014

1 killed, suspect arrested June 21, 2014 Louisville Hot Dog Vendor Road Rage Murder  Louisville KY, Hot dog vendor Donald Hayes, 67 is charged with the murder of Danny Wilson after they were driving, and Hayes shot and killed Wilson in his car, which crashed into a parking lot

May 2014

4 casualties 3 killed including gunman, 1 wounded
May 30, 2014 Norfolk Drive-By Shooting Spree Kills High School Grad, Policeman In Norfolk, Virginia suspect James Brown 29 started shooting at cars as he drove through Norfolk. He killed a 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez in his car on his way home from a Christian high school graduation celebration where he was a worship choir leader. Brown's Jeep returned to his home where it was left idling with music blaring spotted near his home where he shot at 2 and killed one of the police officers from his home. Brown attempted to flee the area, hitting many passing cars, but was stopped after crashing into another car. Brown was shot as he struggled and tried to take the gun from an officer who was attempting to arrest him

April 2014 5 incidents
  1. Saturday April 19, 2014: Casualties: 1 child injured Easter Weekend Driver Shoots Into Family SUV  In South Houston, after an SUV passed a car weaving erratically, the suspect pulled up right next to them, and started firing shots into their  rear window. 
  2. 1 killed 2 wounded including child and pregnant mother April 13, 2014 Gaza Prime Minister Praises  April 13, 2014 Gaza Prime Minister Praises Shooting of Car Near Hebron  Gaza's prime minster Ismail Maniyeh praised the fatal shooting of a car near a checkpoint in the vicinity of the west bank city of Hebron. Terrorist gunmen opened after on an Israeli vehicle killing one and wounding two at the start of Passover. The victim was Israeli Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, a father of 5 in a police intelligence unit. His pregnant wife Haddas was injured, and the nine-year-old son, sustained shrapnel chest wounds. After being hit with two bullets, the mother took over the steering wheel and ordered her children to lie down on the floor of the car. Although no terrorist group took credit for the attack, the PM said that the shooting brought back life to the path of resistance against Israel and warned of more attacks. The Gaza-based terror group Islamic Jihad also praised the attack.
  3. casualties: 1 injured April 12, 2014 Kayak Man Shot Near Baltimore A man paddling his kayak at night while stargazing. He noticed a sudden campfire, and then red dot on his stomach before he saw a flash and he was shot. The suspect is still being sought.
  4. casualties: 3 injured April 7, 2014 Kansas City Gunman Mohammed Pedro Whitaker Shooting At Dozen Cars Investigators in Kansas City are searching for one or more gunmen who shot at least 13 vehicles and injuring three people. Federal authorities are investigating, and several of the shootings have been linked but no motive or links to terrorist groups has been established. A suspect Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, apparently a Mexican immigrant Islam convert was arrested in the Kansas City Highway shootings case. Authorities have not released any motive, but counterjihadists speculate his religion may point to some possibilities. 
  5. April 2, 2014 2014 Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Ivan Lopez Four dead, 14 injured at Fort Hood after suspect Ivan Lopez attacked other soldiers at the Army base. The motive was unclear, but the initial assessment is the incident is not terror-related according to officials and an analyst at Stratfor. The suspect was married with a wife and children, and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Around 4:30 p.m. at a medical support building, Specialist Lopez walked in then drove a vehicle and fired shots from the vehicle with a .45-caliber Smith Wesson semiautomatic pistol at other cars. 
March 2014
  1. March 1, 2014 STOCKTON, CA A car crashed into a tree and the occupants fled on foot after gunmen opened fire on them Friday night in south Stockton, authorities said. Three people were sitting in a parked car saw four men who began shooting at the victims as they drove away, officers said. The driver lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. The Record 
  2. Suspects shoot car at random, prompt temporary 580 shutdown ... www.ktvu.com › Feb 27, 2014 - Jake Detro says he the gunman targeted him in his black Chevy Blazer, firing five or six rounds. The shooting left bullet holes in the grill, hood, ..HAYWARD, Calif. —Highway Patrol investigators are looking for a gunman who opened fire on a busy freeway Thursday afternoon. Jake Detro says he the gunman targeted him in his black Chevy Blazer, firing five or six rounds. The shooting left bullet holes in the grill, hood, and front windshield of his SUV.Detro says it all started as was driving his Chevy Blazer westbound along I-580 when he noticed a silver Chevy sedan driving erratically..."They were in the fast lane, stepping on it, and slamming on the brakes whenever anyone got behind them," said Detro. "I was like, 'whatever,' and I ended up passing them."...pulled along the left side of his SUV, which he says seemed suspicious right away, and before he knew it someone in a silver Chevy opened fire..."They pulled out a handgun, I guess," said Detro. "All I did was just duck, and slam on the brakes, and got over as fast as I can." 
  3. Deputies shoot, kill man threatening cars with spear, officials say Jan 31, 2014 - A man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday night in Santa Clarita was wielding a spear, running in and out of traffic -- striking at least ...was found standing on a center median with a metal spear and "behaving strangely," the Sheriff's Department said. Priscilla Garcia told KTLA she was in the middle of the fray when the man came at her vehicle and stabbed at her back window...The man ignored orders from the deputies and, after striking a passing vehicle with his spear, he was shot by at least one of the officers ..the deputies moved back toward their vehicle, the man started advancing while wielding a knife, the department said. That's when at least one deputy fired again and struck the man multiple times in the upper torso. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
January 2014 3 incidents
  1. January 19, 2014 Cleveland Drive By Shooting of 5 Yr Old Girl In Cleveland a man in a green SUV pulled up at 11PM and shot a mother and her 5 year old girl sitting in a car, killing the girl. The car was found abandoned, there was no apparent motive
  2. January 9, 2014 A motorist was shot by police after an hour-long chase through the suburbs of San Diego, California  At 8.30 a.m. police spotted the driver of a red 2002 Saturn using his cell phone and attempted to pull him over. Instead of stopping, the driver sped away. ..a .matching car was linked to a shooting several days earlier...suspect pulled over long enough to let out a female passenger. ..running a red light before hitting spike strips, according to an SDPD spokesperson. . Believing he was armed, police then fired some two dozen shots into the car doors and window of the car.  Police later found a firearm and drugs in the car. The man was taken to hospital but his condition has not yet been made public
  3. January 4, 2014 Man Pursued, Shot by SUV In Apparent Road Rage Timothy "Asti" Davison called 911 to say that he was followed by a Ford Ranger pickup truck that was shooting at him and forced him off the road in Maryland. He was found wounded off the road in Pennsylvania and died later. Police believe that motive was random road rage, and there are no leads on the shooter. No one has suspected a connection to terrorism 

Year 2013 6 incidents
  1. October 3, 2013 Miriam Carey. an unarmed woman in a black Infiniti coupe with CT plates was shot after she tried to breech barriers at the White house, then led police on a chase towards the Capitol campus. She rammed a squad care one block from the Capitol, then continued where she shot one block past the campus with a child in the back seat. Authorities have ruled out terrorism and believe it is an isolated incident, and definitely not a dry run for a real armed attack.
  2. casualties: 1 attacker dead, 1 injured August 12, 2013  Transit Driver Shot in Downtown Seattle By Martin Anwar Duckworth Thirty-one-year-old Martin Anwar Duckworth, shot Metro bus driver Deloy Dupuis in a downtown Seattle bus. Police chased the gunman as he pointed his gun to board another bus. Officers shot him through the windows, and he died of his injuries. Other drivers had seen him pacing and yelling about "War!" 
  3. June 26, 2013 Two Officers Were Ambushed Same Station as 2014 LA station shooting. 4:30 a.m. two burglary detectives were returning to the station when a man opened fire on their unmarked car. The suspect then fled on foot while the police opened fire. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at the time that that ambush was, "a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people that try to protect this community. Heavy
  4. 6 dead, 4 injured June 7, 2013 John Zawahri: Santa Monica College Massacre John Zawahri: Santa Monica College Massacre John Zawahri killed five people in a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California, on June 7, 2013. He shot his father and brother and burned his house, then stopped one car, shot another driver then ordered her to drive him away. He shot at a bus and a police cruiser. At the college campus, he shot at a Ford explorer killing the driver and wounding the passenger, then shot at various locations dressed in combat commando gear with a duffel bag filled with weapons and ammo before he was shot by police.
  5. 8 total 3 killed 5 injured February 21, 2013 Las Vegas rapper Maserati crash and shootout Ammar Asim Faruq Harris was the suspect in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting that left three people dead and injured five others.An innocent taxi driver and passenger were killed during Las Vegas shooting and crash when rapper Kenneth Cherry was shot dead and his Maserati crashed into their taxi. Harris is due for trial Sept. 28, 2014 in the Strip shooting.
  6. casualties: 4 dead Ali Syed Orange County Jihad Shooter February 18, 2013 In Tustin, Southern California Ali Syed, a 20-year-old Muslim Arab American shot randomly at passing cars and killed three people in Southern California before killing himself. The three victims were 3 victims identified as Courtney Aoki, a dancer acqaintance who was found murdered in his parent's house, Mel Edwards, and Jeremy Lewis
  7. February 11, 2013 Nhan Lap Tran Shoots At Random Cars in Oakdale MNNear St Paul Vietnamese immigrant Nhan Lap Tran fires at and hits passing cars with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. He killed 9 year old fourth grader Devin Aryal, who was in his car seat in his mother's minivan. His stated motive was "noisy cars made him shoot randomly". 
Year 2012

casualties: 1 injured, 24 vehicles damaged
October 16, 2012 Raulie Casteel Michigan Terrorist Freeway Shootings  Raulie Casteel shot at 24 vehicles along the I-96 corridor over three days. One victim was struck in the buttocks and suffered a nonfatal injury; 23 others were uninjured. He was sentenced to 16 up to 40 years on terrorism charges. His cover story testifying in his own defense was that he was consumed with anxiety while in traffic, most likely from undiagnosed delusions. He said he believed drivers were part of a government conspiracy against him. In June of 2012, Kentucky police responded to his spurious complaints of low-flying planes when no one else complained. His lawyer said Casteel was diagnosed with delusional disorder.

Casualties: 1 killed
Summary: May 24, 2012 42 Federal Way man pleads guilty in May 2012 Seattle Central District Shooting year  old Madrona resident and father Justin Ferrari was driving through the intersection in his Volkswagen vanagon with his family on his way to a vacation weekend when he was struck by a bullet. He was a software developer for Zillow. He was the second person killed by an errant bullet this year in Seattle, which has seen 15 homicides in 2012. It was noted has high for a city that had a homicide rate comparable to the 1950s. Arrested in his Federal Way home by SWAT and US Marshalls was Andrew Jermain Patterson who pled guilty in July 2013.  In April 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook, a culinary student was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pioneer Square. On July 1, 2012, 21-year-old Sherry Soth was shot in South Seattle leaving a party. Neither crime has been solved.

Year 2010

September 30, 2010 Casualties: 1 injured American on Jet Ski Shot in Mexican Border Falcon Lake David and Tiffany Hartley, 29 were attacked on Falcon Lake, near the southern tip of Texas by 3 boats that opened fire with guns. David Hartley fell off his watercraft after he was shot, but his body was not found. Another person described seeing a woman on a watercraft being chased by men in a boat. The area was known for Mexican pirates who prey on boaters.

Year 2009

casualties: 25: 16 dead, 9 injured
March 11, 2009 Winnenden Germany 2009 School Shooting The Winnenden school shooting started at a high school in Winnenden Germany, followed by a shootout at a car dealership, shooting at cars and people in various locations. 16 were killed including the suicide of the perpetrator, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer who had graduated the year before, and nine were injured. He was dressed in military garb and had graduated from the school one year earlier. News commentators noted it might have been triggered by the  Geneva County massacre in Alabama they day before. The suspect was into video games and told a therapist about his growing anger and violent urges

Year 2003

An Ohio man took shots at several cars and houses over several months in 2003, killing one person, before being caught and sent to prison.

1 killed 27 years in prison sentence, motive: mental illness Ohio highway sniper attacks - Wikipedia The Ohio highway sniper attacks were a series of 24 sniper attacks along Interstate 270 and other nearby highways in the central part of the U.S. state of Ohio (mostly around Columbus) against traffic and homes. The shootings began in May 2003 and continued for several months. One person was killed (62-year-old Gail Knisley, killed on November 25, 2003), and the shootings caused widespread fear. The suspect, Charles A. McCoy, Jr., was arrested in Las Vegas on March 17, 2004. McCoy, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1996, stood trial in 2005. The first trial with death penalty charges resulted in a hung jury on May 9, 2005, most likely due to McCoy's severe mental illness. Rather than face a retrial, McCoy accepted a plea arrangement where he avoided the death sentence. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison on August 9, 2005.

Ohio Highway Shootings Linked - CBS News
www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-highway-shootings-linked/
CBS NewsDec 3, 2003 - By Tricia McDermott CBS/AP December 3, 2003, 7:34 AM ... stretch of interstate around Columbus, including one that killed a woman and another that ... Four of the shootings — three at vehicles and one at the school last month — were ... Ahouse was shot at Tuesday near the freeway, but Martin said investigators have not ..Authorities have linked 12 shootings along a five-mile stretch of interstate around Columbus, including one that killed a woman and another that broke a window at an elementary school. Four of the shootings — three at vehicles and one at the school last month — were from the same gun, Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin said Tuesday. Although ballistics tests could not link the rest of the shootings along Interstate 270, investigators said they "are comfortable" saying all 12 are connected, he said. He would not elaborate. began in May along Interstate 270, the freeway that circles Columbus. Many were not reported until after Nov. 25, when 62-year-old Gail Knisley was killed by a bullet that pierced the side of a car driven by a friend. The latest shooting linked to the spree was a Nov. 11 shooting at Hamilton Township Elementary School in Obetz, about two miles from the freeway.

Time passes, pain doesn't for family of “highway shooter ...
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The Columbus DispatchNov 24, 2013 - Ten years ago, “highway shooter” Charles A. McCoy Jr. began a months-long series of attacks that included the death of Gail Knisley and ...

Charles McCoy | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers
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Date of murder: November 25, 2003. Date of arrest: March 17, 2004. Date of birth: 1976. Victim profile: Gail Knisley, 62. Method of murder: Shooting. Location: ...



CNN.com - Woman describes watching her best friend die ...
www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/25/mccoy/
CNNApr 25, 2005 - McCoy faces the death penalty for the death of Cox's friend Gail Knisley, along with other charges on his 24-count indictment stemming from 12 ...

Columbus highway sniper suspect is captured outside Las ...
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Mar 18, 2004 - "The family was deeply saddened when we heard of the death of Gail Knisley. We are part of this community. We are saddened like everyone ...

Casualties: 13: 10 killed, 3 injured
October 2002 The Beltway sniper attacks were a series of coordinated shootings that took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. were a series of coordinated shootings that took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Ten people were killed and three other victims were critically injured in several locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia. It was later learned that the rampage was perpetrated by one man, John Allen Muhammad, and one minor, Lee Boyd Malvo In September 2003, Muhammad was sentenced to death. One month later, Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. On November 10, 2009, Muhammad was executed by lethal injection.