Sniper attacks leave 17 injured and 10 dead by sick Chevrolet travelling killers

Two sick killers shot and killed 17 people as well as injured 10 more as they travelled the United States in a blue Chevrolet.

John Allen Muhammad, 41 at the time, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17 at the time, took to their blue sedan and travelled across the country in a crime spree that ended with a series of sniper attacks.

Muhammad, who was placed on Death Row and executed in 2009, was joined by Malvo, who received six consecutive life sentences for his part in the crimes.

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A total of 17 people were killed in the mass shootings, with preliminary attacks dated sporadically throughout February to September 2002, and then a sniper attack in October 2002.

Those same sniper attacks were allegedly carried out because Muhammad was intending to kill his ex-wife, but Malvo claimed that the point of the shootings was to "shut things down" across the United States.

He also made the claim that the aim of the killing was to kidnap children and "set up a camp to train children how to terrorize cities".

No children were killed in the shootings but one was wounded, with parents at the time of the October shootings warned to keep their kids indoors.

Bus driver Conrad Johnson, 35, who was shot and later died of his injuries, released a note from one of the shooter's that read: "Your children are not safe, anywhere, at any time."

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Seven people were killed in preliminary shootings dated between February 16 and September 26, while a total of 10 people were killed in the Beltway shootings, which were carried out between October 2 and October 24.

The pair were eventually apprehended by police after a chilling search found them both sleeping in the blue Chevrolet at a rest stop in Maryland.

The pair were arrested on federal weapons charges after police created a cordon that blocked all exits with unmarked police cars, a truck owned by a civilian also at the rest stop and SWAT officers.

Because Malvo was 17 when he committed the crimes, he could not face the death penalty, but Muhammad did face the death penalty, with a Virginia Supreme Court ruling in his sentence.

Justice Donald Lemons wrote that Muhammad had acted with "calculation, extensive planning, premeditation and ruthless disregard for life" and was responsible for a "cruel scheme of terror."

He received a lethal injection on September 16, 2009, where he had no last words and was watched by 27 people, including family members of the victims.

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Malvo is still residing in prison, with a recent appeal for his parole denied by Virginia officials, who ruled he was still a risk to the community.

The Parole Board wrote: "Release at this time would diminish seriousness of crime; Serious nature and circumstances of your offense(s).", USA Today reported.

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