Between the months of August and October 1982, Los Angeles police were mobilized to track a prowling gunman who selected random motorists as targets, imitating New York's "Son of Sam." Before the rampage ended - with the gunman still at large - two victims had been killed and three more wounded in a spate of sudden, unprovoked attacks. The first two victims, killed in August, were a local oceanographer and a vacationing student from Princeton University. On September 4, 51-year-old Jack Listman was wounded by shots fired through a window of his car, while he was waiting for the lights to change at a Los Angeles intersection. In the week of October 11 to 15, two Beverly Hills women were wounded in separate shooting incidents, apparently by the same gunman. Detective Sherman Oakes could offer little hope for a solution in the case when he addressed the media in mid-October. Describing the gunman's technique, Oakes said, "He just walks up, never says a word, and starts shooting. Once the victim is dead, he then goes through the victim's pockets." Moving on or tiring of his game with the October shootings, L.A.'s phantom gunman faded from the scene, still unidentified, to be replaced by other random killers in the coming months.