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Chapter 61

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Army Vet Wanted in Montana Shooting

By Enzo Lee

Authorities are searching for a Montana man believed to be in San Francisco in connection with the shooting death three weeks ago at a rock quarry in the northwestern part of that state.

Police said Steven Walberg, 28, is believed to have traveled to San Francisco following the shooting of a security guard at the DeGalt Granite Quarry near Thomson Falls, Montana in the early morning hours of May 23.  The guard apparently interrupted the theft of demolition explosives at the facility.

Walberg, who is a suspect in the May 23 killing, is an army veteran who was a U.S. Army Ranger who served in Somalia during the 1993 deployment and urban military actions in that country.  Authorities say they consider Walberg armed and dangerous and ask that anyone with information about him contact the SFPD immediately…

When Connors relayed to the SFPD brass the News’ idea of running Walberg’s photo with a story focusing solely on the Montana killing, the first question they had was why hadn’t they thought of this plan.  The second and third questions were how soon could the story run and how big.

Walberg saw his own photograph staring out at him while he waited in the takeout line at the coffee shop around the corner from the Sentinel Hotel.  That morning’s edition of the News was lying on a table near the door.  He pulled his cap lower over his face, and put his sunglasses on while he bought a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin.  On his way out, he picked up the newspaper.

He was thankful no one was at the front desk of the Sentinel when he walked past and took the stairway up to his room.  Once inside, he spread the newspaper out on his bed, read the story and scrutinized the photograph of him.  He recognized it as the one on his driver’s license.  He folded the newspaper down so the photograph was at the top, walked over to the small mirror over the sink and held it underneath his chin.

He looked much different without the hair and mustache, not to mention being a few years older.  Side by side, you could see the resemblance.  But without that close comparison, he doubted too many people would make the connection.  Should he pack up right then and flee?  Where would he go?  He could get to the van and be on the street – even stay somewhere outside of San Francisco.

Walberg studied himself again in the mirror next to the photograph.  He liked being where he was.  It excited him to be this close, just a few blocks away from where he knew Harper would appear and where huge crowds soon would be celebrating Harper, homosexuality and God knows what other kinds of depravity.  It was a festival to worship Satan.  And he was here to blow it up, figuratively if not literally.  This was where he was meant to be.  He wasn’t running.  Not now.

He would stay where he was.  He’d avoid the front desk as much as he could and keep the Beretta with him at all times.  Meanwhile, he’d use the glasses, the hat and anything else he could think of to help disguise himself.

Enzo Lee’s byline on the article hadn’t escaped him  Seeing the reporter’s name there and knowing he was the one who had written about him and run his photo lit a very personal fuse inside Walberg.  He should have gone back for the reporter after running him off the road – even with the risks – and put a bullet through his head.  The Deacon had warned him.  If he had another chance to eliminate Lee, he wouldn’t make the same mistake again.

 

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