BANG! A kindergarten teacher, Sarah Vasquez, is shot dead in broad daylight. The recently-engaged woman was so excited about planning her wedding. Evidence suggests the victim was gunned down by a long-range shooter. No one wants to say the word “sniper” around Beckett, as she’s still dealing with the aftershocks of when she was shot.
BANG! Henry Wyatt, a 38-year-old attorney, is shot in the head while walking down the sidewalk. Beckett seems a little on edge at the crime scene. A makeshift flag was taped on a nearby sign to gauge wind speed. A loud noise sends Beckett cowering to the sidewalk. She’s only half-listening to the briefing back at the station. After Beckett snaps at Castle, our favorite mystery man knows that something isn’t right with his partner.
Beckett dismisses her therapist’s suggestion that she’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The shrink also suggests that she step away from the sniper case. That’s not gonna happen. Video footage shows the unidentifiable sniper as he plants the wind flag. The team finds a shell casing at the spot from where the shot was fired. A small paper doll is also found at the scene.
The shell casing is traced back to a former Special Forces sniper named Marcus Ford. The guy is brought in for questioning. Some personal issues seem to seep through as Beckett goes at Ford hard during the interrogation, but the guy alibis out. Later, another paper doll is found in the building where the first shooting took place.