On a lunch hour in crowded Archer Plaza in Dallas, Texas, a sniper, firing twelve shots, manages to kill six people. The BAU has to figure out if it is a random attack, a targeted attack, a terrorist attack - homegrown or foreign - or even something related to the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the shooting death of John F. Kennedy. The six unrelated victims were killed in different parts of the plaza, the remaining six bullets splattered elsewhere throughout the plaza, leading to the team initially believing that it was a random attack by someone who was a bad shooter. But the nature of the six killed leads them ultimately to believe that the sniper was indeed an excellent shot, with the six non-fatal bullets being red herrings. They have to look at the backgrounds of the six dead to see who was the intended target or targets. Reid is able to narrow the target list to three, and most likely no more than two, the remaining victims being collateral damage. When a second sniper ...
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Hotchner initially mistakenly refers to the shooter both as a "sharpshooter" and as a "marksman" - neither is a common word for shooters but both are military terms referring to the same specific profession: a medium range shooter that is attached to an infantry unit and is not required to work alone or use stealth.
Other characters correctly refer to the unsub as a sniper: a long range shooter that works alone and is proficient in evading tracking and discovery. See more
Who else uses a .308 rifle?
In Texas? Hunters... the Minutemen... housewives... which, unfortunately, doesn't narrow down the field.
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