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Letter found at shooting scene

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Law enforcement officials say the letter pictured here was left by the alleged Washington-area snipers on October 19, near a Ponderosa restaurant in Ashland, Virginia, where a 37-year-old man from Melbourne, Florida, was shot and critically wounded.

CNN obtained a clean copy of the letter but made the decision to delete private names and phone numbers it contains. Those numbers include the Montgomery County Police, the Rockville Police Department, the FBI task force hot line, a priest in Ashland, and CNN's Washington bureau. A CNN spokeswoman said, "To our knowledge, no one at CNN received such a call."

Authorities say they believe the letter was written by either John Allen Williams, 41 -- also known as John Allen Muhammad -- or John Lee Malvo, 17, a Jamaican citizen, each charged October 25 with six counts of first-degree murder in Montgomery County, Maryland. Williams and Malvo -- identified as Lee Boyd Malvo on his birth certificate -- were arrested early October 24 while sleeping in a car at a freeway on Interstate 70, several miles west of Frederick, Maryland.

For full coverage of the Washington-area shootings story, see's Special Report: A trail of terror.

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