ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 10, 1973
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(Studio) In New Orleans, Louisiana, police still trying to decide if more than 1 gunman involved in sniper murders of 6 persons. Sniper acquaintance questioned by police today.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(New Orleans, Louisiana) Mark Essex characterized as quiet young man with no apparent racial hostilities. Former New Orleans landlady says Essex not type to be involved in sniper incident. [Former landlady Ruth BROWN - says Essex a nice and intelligent young man.] [Essex's teacher in job training program Daniel VINCENT - says Essex mild individual, good student. Well-liked by teachers and students. Left school December 22.] Dep. Police Superintendent Louis Sirgo, killed by Essex, buried today. Sirgo was strong supporter Community Action Center where Essex a student. Day before shooting, Essex registered with 3 friends at Howard Johnson's.
REPORTER: Ron Miller
(Emporia, Kansas) Essex grew up in Emporia. [High school counselor Robert LODLE - says Essex was average student. Behaved well. Never in trouble.] Worked at garage in Emporia. [Former employer Robert JOHNSON - says Essex wanted to find good job to help his people.] Essex joined Navy in 1969. Apparently was turning point in his life. Discharged as unsuitable. Came home and renounced church. [Reverend W.A. CHAMBERS - says after Essex out of Navy didn't go to church anymore. Said was white man's religion.] 6 mos. ago bought high powered rifle and went to New Orleans.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham