When I arrived in Montgomery County to begin covering the Betlway sniper attacks ten years ago today, I stopped for coffee and WiFi at this Starbucks in Wheaton. I found the outdoor seating area closed due to the nearby attacks and I photographed this unmarked Blackhawk helicopter hovering overhead.
I was in the District during the evening and found sniper reports on the newspaper front pages on display at the future site of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Ave. Some of the papers were beginning to focus on the next war.
A few blocks away, a group of young protesters had gathered at the U.S. Capitol to resist the rush toward war — and several were arrested. Dozens of journalists from around the country were now covering the sniper attacks but I was alone at the demonstration.
Later that evening, I joined a press gaggle as police investigated gunfire inside a home in Kensigton, MD, not far from one of the earlier sniper attacks, but the incident proved to be unrelated to the spree.
Six people had been shot by the time I arrived and more attacks would soon follow.