Man shot in London tube linked to investigation

Witness: "He looked like a cornered fox. He looked petrified."

Published July 22, 2005 2:24PM (EDT)

Police shot and killed a man on the London tube this morning. And London's police commissioner, Ian Blair, is now saying that the shooting was directly connected with the investigation of the London bombings, the Washington Post reported.

"They pushed him onto the floor and unloaded five shots into him. He's dead," witness Mark Whitby told the British Broadcasting Corp. "He looked like a cornered fox. He looked petrified." The suspect was wearing a heavy coat in 70-degree weather but not a backpack. He ran when initially pursued by police.

The shooting followed Thursday's botched copycat bombings in London, attempting to emulate the 7/7 attacks. Meanwhile, police in New York have started searching bags in the subways. Will that make riders feel more secure or only rachet up the fear factor?

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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