James Swann

James Swann

About James Swann

James Edward Swann, Jr., a.k.a. 'The Shotgun Stalker' (born 1964), is an American spree killer whose random drive-by shotgun shootings in Washington, DC in 1993 earned him his nickname in the press. Swann was living in Iselin, New Jersey before the attacks. Swann drove to Washington to carry out the attacks, which took place in the Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. Each of the attacks followed a standard format: Swann would slow his car down next to a pedestrian and fire a 20-gauge shotgun at the target before driving away. Four people were killed and five injured in 14 attacks by Swann before he was apprehended by the Metropolitan Police on April 19, 1993. Swann was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to Saint Elizabeths Hospital.

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