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Profiles: Lives shattered by sniper

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Family members of bus driver Conrad Johnson comfort one another at the location where he was killed.

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ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) -- The Washington area sniper shootings began October 2. The victims seem to have been selected at random. They are men, women and a child of different races and walks of life.

All seem to have been carrying out mundane tasks of life at the times they were shot.

Conrad Johnson

The 35-year-old bus driver was shot October 22 in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was standing on the top step of his empty bus when he was hit.

The father of two was a 10-year county employee, who "loved basketball, loved his kids," Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan said.

Johnson, from nearby Oxon Hill, Maryland, was shot in the stomach, apparently as he was getting off the bus in a staging area for Montgomery County's Ride On commuter line.

Unidentified man

A 37-year-old man from Melbourne, Florida, was shot and wounded at about 8 p.m. EDT on October 19 as he and his wife were leaving a Ponderosa restaurant in Ashland, Virginia, near Richmond. The couple were traveling through the state.

The bullet pierced the man's upper abdomen and tore through several organs. Surgeons removed part of the stomach, the left half of the pancreas and the entire spleen.

His surgeon, Dr. Rao Ivatury, said the victim, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds, "is a very, very strong man, and once he comes out of this I think he'll have a normal life. But it's going to be a bumpy road, a long process."

The victim's wife issued a statement, thanking the people of Richmond for their support and prayers for her husband. She also asked people to "pray also for the attacker and that no one else is hurt."

Linda Franklin

Johnson and Franklin
Johnson and Franklin

Linda Franklin, 47, an FBI analyst, had just finished shopping at a Home Depot in Falls Church, Virginia, when she was killed October 14.

Police said the Arlington, Virginia, woman was with her husband when she was shot once as she loaded items in her car in a Seven Corners Shopping Center parking garage, around 9:15 p.m. ET.

Sources said Franklin worked for the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center and said there was no indication she was targeted because of her occupation. (Service for victim)

Kenneth Bridges

Bridges and Meyers
Bridges and Meyers

Kenneth Bridges, 53, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, businessman, was killed as he filled his gas tank at an Exxon station off I-95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia, the morning of October 11. The co-founder of a marketing distribution company, Bridges was in the area on a business trip.

A friend, Gary Shepherd, said the family was "shocked and saddened by this senseless event."

"Ken was a loving husband, father of six children and an outstanding citizen of the Philadelphia community," Shepherd said. "While no family should have to endure this type of tragedy, the Bridges family hopes that this killer is brought to justice as quickly as possible."

Dean Harold Meyers

On October 9, Dean Harold Meyers, 53, was fatally shot as he pumped gas at a station in Manassas, Virginia. Meyers was a civil engineer from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and a Vietnam War veteran.

Woman, boy

On October 4, a 43-year-old woman was shot and critically injured in a Fredericksburg, Virginia, parking lot. She later was released from the hospital. She was not identified.

The sniper's eighth victim was a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the abdomen October 7 after his aunt dropped him off at a middle school in Maryland's Prince George's County.

His aunt, a nurse, rushed him to a hospital in Bowie. He was airlifted to a Washington hospital, where doctors removed his spleen and parts of his stomach and pancreas. He remains in critical but stable condition.

Pascal Charlot

Rivera and Charlot
Rivera and Charlot

Pascal Charlot, 72, who was killed the evening of October 3 on a Washington street, was the only sniper victim killed in the nation's capital.

A retired carpenter, Charlot immigrated to the United States from Haiti. He is survived by his wife.

Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera

Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera was getting ready to vacuum out her van at a Kensington, Maryland, gas station when she was killed October 3.

She grew up in a small town in Idaho and had recently moved east with her husband and daughter of preschool age. She was 25.

"I mean, she comes and goes, and all of a sudden she gets caught up in this. It's just devastating," said neighbor Rosa Malon. "There are no words for it."

Sarah Ramos

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Walekar amd Ramos

Sarah Ramos also died the morning of October 3. Ramos, 34, was sitting on a bench reading outside a post office near a Silver Spring, Maryland, retirement community when she was shot in the head and killed.

A native of El Salvador, Ramos was a member of several church groups and babysat for children and worked as a housekeeper.

"The thing that impressed me about Sarah," said her employer, Larry Gaffigan, "when she walked into the room, not just a person walked in the room but something walked in the room with her. Something that just warmed the house and your soul."

Ramos was married and had a 7-year-old son.

Prem Kumar Walekar

Also on October 3, Prem Kumar Walekar, 54, was shot and killed while filling his minivan with gas at a service station in Aspen Hill, Maryland. It was his 25th wedding anniversary.

"I just want everybody to know that my dad was ... the greatest person I ever met," said Walekar's son, Andrew. "I'm glad he was my father."

Ordinarily, the part-time cabdriver from Olney, Maryland, would not have been at the gas station at that time of day, but he was trying to finish his runs early so he could enjoy the warm afternoon.

Walekar was born in India and had intended to retire there.

James Buchanan

Martin and Buchanan
Martin and Buchanan

James "Sonny" Buchanan was known as a man with a big heart who was always ready to help others.

The 39-year-old son of a retired Montgomery County, Maryland, police officer was an active volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club. He was an amateur poet and taught children how to garden.

"Sonny was the dad to literally 400 kids," said Gregory Wims, a friend and fellow volunteer at the club. "He came to the club two or three times a week, helped with homework, etc."

Buchanan previously ran a landscaping company but had gotten out of the business. He was mowing the lawn of a former customer's car dealership near Rockville, Maryland, the morning of October 3, when he was shot in the chest and killed.

James D. Martin

James D. Martin, a program analyst at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was standing in the parking lot of a Wheaton, Maryland, grocery store when he was killed October 2. He was there to buy groceries for his church.

The 55-year-old was an amateur genealogist and a Civil War buff. He is survived by his wife and an 11-year-old son.



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