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April 20, 2000
Man kills 8-year-old Alexandria boy in knife attack
By Ellen Sorokin and John Drake THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A knife-wielding man yesterday attacked an 8-year-old in Alexandria, Va., killing the boy and injuring his great-grandmother and a passer-by who tried to stop the random, unprovoked attack, police said. "It's a tragic afternoon here in Alexandria," said Lt. John Crawford, a city police spokesman. "I have never heard of anything like this in my entire career." Kevin Shifflett, 8, had been playing with several neighborhood children outside his great-grandparents' house in the 100 block of East Custis Avenue about 3:40 p.m. when a man walking down the street suddenly attacked him with a knife "for no apparent reason," Lt. Crawford said. Kevin's 80-year-old great-grandmother ran out of the house to protect him, but the man punched her in the chest and cut her on the right arm. She was treated at Alexandria Hospital and released last night. The 51-year-old passer-by who tried to help the boy also was stabbed. The passer-by was in serious condition last night after undergoing surgery at Washington Hospital Center. Police did not identify either woman because they are witnesses to a crime. After attacking the boy, who is white, the man fled east toward Mount Vernon Avenue. Police issued a lookout for the man last night, calling him "armed and dangerous." They described him as black, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and with a medium build. He was wearing a light brown sweater, dark blue T-shirt and dark pants. Police last night did not know of any motive for what they called an "apparently random attack," nor whether the boy and his assailant were acquainted, or why the man singled out Kevin from the other children, Lt. Crawford said. Police were interviewing neighbors and bystanders to see whether anyone recognized him, he added. Kevin was a second-grader at Mount Vernon Elementary School and was visiting his great-grandparents. "Kevin was a happy, kind little boy who was very quiet and respectful in school," said Roberta Trout, whose son, Timmy, is Kevin's cousin. Mrs. Trout, 38, is a substitute teacher at Kevin's school. Kevin's parents, who work for the city government, dropped off Kevin and his two siblings at the house yesterday morning before going to work. Timmy Trout, 6, had been playing with Kevin and several other children until a half-hour before the slaying, when his grandfather, Ralph Trout, called him home to help plant a tree. "That could have been my child that would have been my child," said Mrs. Trout, who lives a half block from where the attack occurred. "I don't know what I'm going to do with my boy now," she said. Mr. Trout said he ran over to the grandparents' house when he heard police cars driving down the street. "The grandmother showed me her arm and didn't say anything," Mr. Trout said. "She was just in shock." Several hours after the attack, yellow police tape still marked off the area as police continued their investigation. Police worked well into the night collecting evidence from the blood-splattered driveway where Kevin was slain. Officers, some with police dogs, went door to door yesterday afternoon, searching for the suspect and any evidence. Neighbors stood behind the police tape aghast at the dried blood on a gray Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the driveway next to where the children had been playing. "It's just really, really sad," said neighbor Chris Combs, who saw Kevin and his friends playing outside an hour before the attack occurred. "Nothing like this has ever happened here before. I grew up here, and we all played here. It's a wonderful neighborhood. This is just unbelievable." The great-grandparents' house is not far from Del Ray United Methodist Church and a preschool. C. Potter,, a teacher at the preschool a block from the killing, said she locked the church doors after she went out to check if the playground was wet and saw police cars. "This is a big trauma for this neighborhood," Ms. Potter, 36, said. Alexandria Vice Mayor William Euille, a Democrat, was among those neighbors standing in the street, watching the scene in disbelief. "This is very sad and very tragic," said Mr. Euille, who lives four blocks away. "This is not natural to have this happen in our community." "I'm stunned," said Bill Miller, whose 9-year-old daughter attended school with the boy. "Kevin was a great little kid. How could you even imagine what could provoke an adult to slash a child? It could have been my child on my street." Mr. Miller said he will now think twice about allowing his daughter to play outside unattended. "I'm always cautious," he said. "But I don't know now. Things have changed a little bit since this happened." Jacqueline Richardson, tightly holding a granddaughter who attends the preschool, said she was "just shocked this happened." "I can't believe someone did that to a small child," Mrs. Richardson said.
-- Flash (email@example.com), April 21, 2000
What is the point of this posting ?
-- Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 21, 2000.
-- (email@example.com), April 21, 2000.
What is the point of 95% of the posts on this forum?
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 21, 2000.
Why didn't the knife have a lock on it?
-- george (email@example.com), April 21, 2000.
Yeah, this is an old tale that bounces from email to chatroom to email every year or so.
You read it in the papers or heard it on cable? We all know that the media lies.
We all know the media is controlled by TPTB - the Trilateral bunch, the CIA, the NBA, the Federal Reserve Bank, the NFL and Lord knows who else.
And I think they are holding the price of gold down too.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 21, 2000.
In Seattle a man (black) shoplifted at a store, shot at a security guard (he missed) and was walking down the street skipping and swinging a knife. The police and a television camera followed him for blocks. He refused to stop and when he brought his arm up in a striking otion he was shot and killed.
Now everyone is upset and said the police acted incorrectly in shooting him. Had he struck the security guard with the shots he fired or cut one of the policemen with the knife or maybe even stabbed a kid then I guess they would have considered it justified. But in preventing him from emerging into a busy city street with the knife swinging and the gun in his bag (where he was seen putting it) the police are under attack by those who said he was shot because he was black. I guess they think that if he had been white that shooting at a security guard and swinging a knife and lurching at the police with his arm as if attempting to strike them that the police would have done nothing. Yea right.
-- Cherri (email@example.com), April 21, 2000.
I don't understand the motivation for your question.
My interest in posting it was for informational purposes. It also happens to support my contention that perpetrators of violence will find a way to carry it out in spite of lack of access to firearms, contrary to what Klintoon and his minions in the establishment press bombard us with daily.
Why single out this particular post to question the poster's reasons for so doing?
-- Flash (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 21, 2000.