Police: Zig-zag walk will beat the sniper.
TWO million people living in fear of the Washington sniper have been told to "zig- zag briskly" as they walk.
Yesterday, a set of US police guidelines for dodging the gunman also advised residents to stay in shadows if standing still.
The police add: "Bend your knees when fuelling cars and drop to the ground and roll away if fired upon."
The rules were issued as a new witness claimed to have seen the sniper aim and fire at his ninth victim, FBI worker Linda Franklin, 47.
She was gunned down outside a shopping mall six miles from Washington on Monday.
The witness, who has not been named, said he saw the man hold a Kalashnikov AK-47 to his shoulder, aim, fire then escape in a van.
Meanwhile, military spy planes that can spot a flash of gunfire from thousands of feet up were drafted in to the hunt.
Montgomery County police chief Charles Moose, who is leading a 1000-strong force hunting the sniper, was given special clearance by the US defence department.
SURVIVAL IN LINE OF FIRE
POLICE advice for staying alive includes:
Try to keep moving while outside because a moving target is more difficult to hit.
Walk briskly in a zig-zag pattern.
If you must stand still, keep some protective cover between yourself and any areas where a sniper might be located.
When fuelling your car, stand between your vehicle and the petrol pump and bend your knees to keep a lower profile.
If you are fired at while in an open area, drop to the ground and roll away. Run towards the closest cover in short, zig-zag bursts.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 17, 2002|
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