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Governor mulls use of National Guard

'End this nightmare'

From left: Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening and Washington Mayor Tony Williams
From left: Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening and Washington Mayor Tony Williams

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (CNN) -- Gov. Parris Glendening said Wednesday he may call out the National Guard to protect Maryland voters on Election Day if the Washington-area sniper isn't caught by November 5.

The Guard members would guard polling places as a safeguard against the sniper who has killed 10 people and wounded three since October 2. Seven shootings have been in Maryland, including Tuesday's fatal shooting of a bus driver in Silver Spring.

Glendening said he is consulting with officials in Virginia and the District of Columbia about a possible coordinated effort on Election Day.

"The randomness of this danger, the fact that a person would just be about their normal life of taking the children to school, going to work, shopping on the way home ... and may put themselves in danger, that's where the psychological fear is, and that's where the biggest harm is," the second-term Democrat told reporters.

The hottest race in the state is the bid to replace him with Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend battling Republican Bob Ehrlich.

The governor had a message for the shooter: "The collective request is that you turn yourself in, that we end this nightmare."

"Recognize this must come to a conclusion," he added.

The shootings are taking their toll on daily life and the economy, Glendening said.

"It is hurting from a variety of different perspectives," he said.

Among those affected have been high school athletes in their senior year who can't participate in sports because events have been canceled by schools.

Those hoping to go to college on athletic scholarships "are now realizing those plans may be dashed," Glendening said.

There also has been an economic impact because people are afraid to shop, he said. On a recent trip to New Jersey, Glendening was asked whether it was safe to travel to Maryland and the rest of the Washington area.

"My answer was, 'Yes, it's safe, but we do have to use some caution.'"

Meanwhile, he said the fact that the public was calling in thousands of tips to police was "good news and bad news" because phone lines are sometimes blocked.

The governor was asked about a letter left near the scene of Saturday's shooting in Ashland, Virginia that documents six instances in which the writer alleges that officials he called hung up on him when he was attempting to convey a message.

"To the extent that is it valid, obviously, it's frustrating for everyone," Glendening said.

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