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Surveillance Tapes Examined in Sniper Case
Aired October 16, 2002 - 12:28 ET
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Jeanne Meserve is out in Rockville, Maryland. She's got a new development in this story.
Jeanne -- tell us about it.
JEANNE MESERVE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, we've been trying to figure out exactly what investigators are looking at to try and pin down who this individual is. And we've gotten a little bit of new information about the situation in Falls Church, where that last shooting took place at the Home Depot.
A knowledgeable official says that Home Depot has turned over surveillance tapes, but in addition, they are looking at surveillance tapes from at least two nearby buildings. They are also looking at the tapes from police cruisers. Many of them have video systems mounted on the forward part of their cars.
They're reviewing those tapes to see, as the cruisers went towards the scene, who might have been driving away from the scene.
In addition, they're looking at tapes from VDOT. That's the Virginia Department of Transportation. Again, these tapes survey the roads in the area, looking at those to see if they see any vehicles that might match the description that has already been put out.
In addition, Wolf, I've been told by this official that in the state of Virginia, police departments are trying to prepare proactively for another sniper incident, that departments within a certain range of Washington -- we don't know exactly what that range is -- are discussing within their departments the roles that different people in the departments will play in the case of another sniper attack, that people are being pre-assigned certain roles and positions that they will take. That way, they hope it will be a very efficient operation. You wouldn't have, for instance, a whole lot of police officials going to the scene, and then having to be redeployed outwards to, for instance, stop traffic.
So, an effort on their part to prepare, much in the way they prepare for some sort of natural disaster -- Wolf.
BLITZER: And just to be precise, Jeanne, no indication that any of those tapes yet has developed anything, any hard, credible lead, is there?
MESERVE: That's right. They are looking at all of these tapes. My source does not know whether or not this has yielded any specific information that is useful to this investigation -- Wolf. BLITZER: Jeanne Meserve, she's on the scene for us in Rockville, Maryland.
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