The shots came out of nowhere.
The attacks were random and unrelenting. Neither the bullets, nor the hands that squeezed the trigger, discriminated. Anyone and anywhere was game.
That is the legacy left behind by the D.C. Snipers, or Beltway Snipers, whose killing spree in the year following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks paralyzed the United States for three weeks.
“Everybody in the entire Washington D.C. metropolitan area was scared for their lives,” retired FBI supervisory special agent Jim Clemente told InsideEdition.com. “You couldn't pump gas; you couldn't sit on a bus stop. You couldn't clean your car at a car wash, you couldn't go to school. You couldn't go to the grocery store without fearing that you were going to get shot. People were ducking down, crawling into stores, parking right next to the front doors, running with their groceries and so forth, trying to hide their kids because everybody was a target.”