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Alexandria Police Search For Killer, But Stay Quiet On Links To Past Shootings

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Alexandria police released a sketch of the suspect in last week's shooting.

Leaders of the Alexandria Police Department say they are working around the clock to solve two recent murders. Still, they're not saying much about what happened last week when one woman was shot and killed.

What kind of bullet was used to kill Ruthanne Lodato? Was it the same kind of bullet that killed Ron Kirby? That was one of the many questions Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook declined to answer during a community meeting last night, saying that revealing details now might jeopardize a prosecution in the future. The chief says he can't even reveal the identity of the other woman who was shot at Lodato's home.

"Thank God she's alive. Thank God she's alive. She's a very lucid and clear person about what she saw, which is very helpful to us," he said at the meeting.

Many neighbors here are still rattled by the murder of Nancy Dunning 10 years ago. She was the wife of then-Sheriff Jim Dunning, a woman who was gunned down in her home. Then, late last year, Kirby was shot and killed at his house in Rosemont. Now many here say they're fearing for their safety in this quiet suburban neighborhood.

"No, I don't answer the door unless I know who it is. Absolutley no," said Susan Aubuchon, a local resident who attended the meeting. "It's a different day for us here. I would have answered the door for a stranger until now."

Alexandria police officials are now working with agents with the FBI to help crack the case. Until that happens, though, neighbors here say they will continue to be concerned every time they hear a knock at the door.

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