BOWIE, Md. (AP) -- Anxious parents in the suburbs around Washington accompanied their children to school or kept them at home Tuesday, a day after a sniper linked to the murder of six adults critically wounded a middle-school pupil.
"I can't stop going to work, the children can't stop going to school," said Henry Ollie, 48, leading his 12-year-old son, Charles, to the front door of Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, where the latest shooting happened. Ordinarily, Charles takes the bus.
Some parents served as volunteer guards, watching over intersections. But it appeared many decided to keep their children home as Monday's shooting fueled heightened anxiety for families in already nervous suburbs.
Prince George's County, the scene of the latest shooting, sent two helicopters to patrol the county as schools opened and had police officers at every school. Police in neighboring Montgomery County, where five people were killed last week, also guarded schools.
"As a community we clearly remain anxious," Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose said Tuesday morning. "We have a very visible patrol in and around our schools, a very visible patrol around our freeways."
Police in Prince George's County served a search warrant during the night, but the police chief said no arrests were made. No further details about the warrant were offered.
The 13-year-old Benjamin Tasker student was shot as his aunt dropped him off Monday morning.
The teenager, wounded in the torso, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday at Children's Hospital in Washington. Doctors said they were optimistic he would survive.
A task force including local and state police, the FBI and the Secret Service mobilized to pursue the sniper, but police acknowledged having few clues or eyewitness accounts to solve one of the most frightening serial killings in memory. Moose said Tuesday that police had received 1,250 credible leads from 6,025 calls.
The sniper has shot eight people since Wednesday, killing six.
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