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Why does the sniper kill the old woman?

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simbax3 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:22 AM via web

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Why does the sniper kill the old woman?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:31 AM (Answer #1)

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In this story, the sniper shoots the old woman because she is an informer.  He shoots her because she is trying to get him killed.

At the point in the story where he shoots her, an armored car has just appeared, carrying police.  The old woman talks to one of the men in the car.  She points up to where the sniper is.  The man looks out, the sniper shoots him.  Then he shoots the woman.

Even though the woman is from his neighborhood, she is an enemy if she is going to tell the police where he is.

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