WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A teenager charged in connection with the nationwide sniping spree that left 14 people dead has given authorities details on a number of the incidents and admitted pulling the trigger in the attack last month that took the life of an FBI analyst outside a suburban home improvement store, law enforcement sources were quoted Sunday.
John Lee Malvo, 17, made the admission during seven hours of interrogations last week after federal officials handed him over to Fairfax County, Va., where he is charged with capital murder in the death of FBI analyst Linda Franklin, The Washington Post reported.
Malvo said the shootings were well planned, and that he and his partner, John Allen Muhammad, scouted out shooting locations beforehand.
The shootings were conducted at differing areas around the nation's capital to cause confusion, he reportedly said.
Malvo and Muhammad are believed connected to a total so far of 21 shooting incidents in recent months. In addition to the sniping attacks in late September and October that terrorized the Washington area, the pair allegedly engaged in attacks earlier in the states of Washington, Alabama and Georgia.
Authorities in North Carolina, Arizona and West Virginia were said to also be investigating whether Malvo and Muhammad were involved in shootings there.
Muhammad is being held in Prince William County, Va., where he and Malvo are charged with two killings.
Maryland had wanted custody of the two, but federal officials turned over to Virginia, a state that regularly executes murderers and a state in which a juvenile can be subject to the death penalty.
According to the newspaper, Malvo was talkative during the interrogation, even bragging, but would not specifically discuss Muhammad. Instead, Malvo would use the term "we."
Malvo was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5 for a preliminary hearing; Muhammad
was slated to make an appearance in Prince William Circuit Court Wednesday.
The two were arrested October 24 at a highway rest stop in Maryland. The trunk of their car apparently was apparently outfitted with a shooting platform, from which they targeted people in parking lots, gas stations and on street corners.