The Canadian Snowbird Association is warning its constituents to avoid stops in the greater Washington D.C. area because of the manhunt for an elusive sniper who has killed nine and wounded three others.
“I would think anybody old enough to travel south for the winter would be smart enough to not stop in the Washington area at this time,” Ellen White, president of the Canadian Snowbird Association, told the Kitchener-Waterloo Record newspaper in Kitchener, Ontario.
Several of the attacks occurred near I-95, the major north-south corridor traveled by Snowbirds from Ontario, Quebec and Canada’s Maritime provinces.
Reynald Doiron, spokesman for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, said his agency had received calls for advice from Snowbirds. “They should listen to the news very carefully, but more especially listen to the instructions of law enforcement authorities in the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia triangle, where the shootings have taken place,” he said.
In addition to suggestions that they gas up beforehand so that Washington-area stops aren’t necessary, Canadian travelers were urged to stay in private campgrounds rather than in parking lots in suburban shopping centers.
The most recent apparent sniper shooting occurred Saturday (Oct. 19) outside a restaurant in Ashland, Va., a community along I-95 that is closer to Richmond, Va., than to Washington, D.C.
Today (Oct. 21), police impounded a white Plymouth Voyager minivan and investigators were questioning two men, although no one had been arrested, according to CNN.com as of midafternoon on the East Coast.