160 | A sniper terrorized the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with a series of single-shot street killings of bystanders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Investigators say the sniper fired from a distance with a high-powered hunting or military-style rifle. Five people were killed within hours of each other on Oct. 2 and 3, and the story ratcheted up again after two more shootings. One, in northern Virginia of a man filling his car with gas, was fatal. Another was of a 13-year-old boy, shot and wounded on his way into Benjamin Tasker Middle School in the suburb of Bowie, Md. In a wooded area about 150 yards from the school entrance, police found a Tarot card with the message "Dear policemen, I am God." In Montgomery County, where five of the deaths occurred, police chief Charles Moose ripped the news media for reporting the Tarot-card discovery, leaked to a Washington television station by unnamed police sources: "I ask my community, do you want the police department to work the case or do you want Channel 9 to work the case? Let me know because there is no room, in my mind, for both of us." At the same time, the chief urged through the media that citizens call police tip-lines. The reward for information leading to the sniper's capture swelled to more than $237,000. Nearly 200 investigators are rummaging through 1,600 leads, culled from 8,000 tips.