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Terror in the suburbs

Our homicide rate just went up 25% today

Chief Moose seemed to take on his shoulders the entire burden of the police's failure to stop the killings
Montgomery County, Maryland, a wealth suburb of Washington DC is gripped by fear. In the space of less than 24 hours, five people are killed, each by a single bullet. In each case the attacker escapes.

The attacker or attackers are "skilled shooters", using a high velocity weapon. The victims of the attacks appear to be chosen at random, heightening the feeling that anyone could be a target.

"Nothing like this has ever happened in Montgomery County," Police Chief Charles Moose says. "Our homicide rate just went up 25% today."

Police announce a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the capture of the assailants.

As fear spreads, shopping malls become deserted and people stop going to petrol stations to fill up their cars. Fear empties bike trails and parks in the area. The atmosphere of fear ripples outwards as school groups from all across the country cancel their traditional autumn trips to the capital.

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