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Va. man misidentified as DC shooter knew 1 victim

September 24, 2013 • National News


Rollie Chance stands in his home on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 in Stafford, Va. A week ago, Chance was working the phones, worried that some of his friends at the Washington Navy Yard may have been killed in a mass shooting there. Then, he received a call that he thought was a prank: a news organization telling him that he had been identified as the shooter. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A week ago, Rollie Chance was working the phones, worried that some of his friends at the Washington Navy Yard may have been killed in a mass shooting there.

In the middle of that, he received a call that he thought was a prank: a news organization telling him that he had been identified as the shooter.

Chance’s name was reported Sept. 16 by two network news organizations as the shooter in an apparent mix-up involving his long-discarded Navy Yard identification badge. NBC reporters tweeted Chance’s name as the shooter, while CBS used Chance’s name in tweets and in a radio broadcast. Both networks retracted their reports Login to read more

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