Law enforcement agencies have been offered both state and federal resources to try to identify and apprehend a suspect in the sniper shootings that have plagued the area, politicians said Tuesday morning at a bridge dedication.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony of the Coton Bridge over Goose Creek in Lansdowne, Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) began his remarks by addressing the aftershocks of the latest fatal shooting in Falls Church.
"All available state resources are on the job," Warner told an audience of about 200, packed into a white tent near the bridge. "We're going to find this individual or individuals and bring them to justice. ...We have a right to feel on edge ... but we need to reassure our children that there are police officers out there."
Warner's office said the state police have deployed a "small army" of officers from other areas of the state to Northern Virginia. Also, the state has authorized whatever resources are necessary to find and arrest the shooter.
U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-10th), also attending the ceremony, said the Commerce-Justice-State and Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee, which he chairs, has had daily reports from the FBI about the investigation.
"There are a lot of good people working on this," he said. "The ATF and the FBI are very much involved. ... We've told them, any resources they need, we'll give them."
Neither Wolf nor Warner's office has heard anything about calling in the National Guard.