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(Capcom's primary storyline)

The Air Dome Laboratory Incident (tentative) was a terrorist attack which took place at the Air Dome Laboratory outside the American city of Harvardville in 2005. It began with a bombing by Dr. Curtis Miller, resulting in the deadly t-Virus being released and infecting the research staff, followed by infecting himself with the G-Virus. The attack itself was later revealed to have been planned by Dr. Frederic Downing, a WilPharma research head involved in bioweapons dealing. Downing intended to fake his death in the explosion and escape the country, planting evidence that local Congressman Ron Davis was involved to throw-off any investigation. An impromptu investigation revealed he had orchestrated the attacks in front of cameras as a commercial for potential buyers, and he was subsequently found and arrested.

Attack

Ahead of the attack, Dr. Frederic Downing invited TerraSave member Claire Redfield to the Air Dome Laboratory as a show of goodwill. The NPO had recently been in a dispute with WilPharma over photographs of t-Virus infected Indians and allegations an unethically-fast human testing trial of a vaccine was involved. It was revealed by USSTRATCOM member Leon S. Kennedy that WilPharma was tasked with responding to a bioterrorist attack with their experimental vaccine, meaning the photographed Zombies were in fact victims of bioterrorism and not WilPharma. Unaware to USSTRATCOM, Dr. Downing was in fact involved in the bioterrorist attack, having ordered the attack as a means of testing and advertising the effectiveness of WilPharma's vaccine. Intending to fake his death and flee the country with viral samples, Downing planned out a bombing with Dr. Miller, a former TerraSave member who had been radicalized. Leaving Claire ahead of the attack, he telephoned Claire from outside the building, claiming that a man had forced his way through security. He then severed the line to make it seem he had been attacked.

Dr. Miller's bomb detonated immediately after Downing's call.The explosion resulted in the laboratory's deadly virus samples being released, infecting the surviving research staff with the t-Virus. Among the uninfected as TerraSave member Claire Redfield, who had been invited as a witness to Miller's attack by Dr. Downing. USSTRATCOM member Leon S. Kennedy, who was assigned with the investigation of the recent Harvardville Airport Incident, moved into the laboratory to investigate. With him was Dr. Miller's sister, Angela Miller. Dr. Miller was found to be alive, albeit injured in the explosion. A unit of Army Rangers entered the building with orders to apprehend Miller, but were killed when Miller mutated from a G-Virus infection. In order to defeat Miller, Claire activated the laboratory's self-destruct system, resulting in Miller falling into a fiery pit.

Apprehension of Dr. Downing

Almost immediately after Dr. Miller's death, it was discovered that the laboratory's security cameras had been instructed prior to record his mutation. Finding a nearby public telephone call severed, and outside noises matching those heard during the call, his involvement was immediately suspect. Downing's plan until this crucial evidence was found had largely worked; Congressman Davis was accused of plotting the attack as a means of securing Congressional support for the company and improving his stocks, which had been weakened by the India allegations. Beyond this, Downing's intended customer for the virus samples was successfully apprehended by government agents upon entry into the country and confirmed Downing's involvement. Knowing the precise location of the intended meeting, the Harvardville Police Department surrounded him in the mountains and he was arrested.

Perpetrators

Dr. Curtis Miller

Dr. Curtis Miller had lost his wife and child during the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, ultimately holding the government and Umbrella responsible in an alleged cover-up. He worked as a member of TerraSave for a time, a non-profit organization set up to provide aid to victims of bioterrorism. When WilPharma Corporation was accused of unethical human experimentation of a t-Virus vaccine trial in India, Curtis became more violent in his campaigning and was ultimately dismissed from the organization as a publicity hazard. Seeing WilPharma as following in the footsteps of Umbrella, he was radicalized by rogue WilPharma employee and viral arms dealer Dr. Frederic Downing and was provided with both the t-Virus and G-Virus, which he planned to use to discredit the corporation and destroy its laboratory.

Dr. Frederic Downing

Dr. Frederic Downing was the alias of an Umbrella researcher. Having fled the Raccoon City Underground Laboratory with a stolen G-Virus sample, he changed his name to avoid the subsequent investigation of Umbrella U.S.A. by the United States government. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the resulting War on Terror, former Umbrella employees began selling stolen bio-weapons and viral samples onto the black market. Having a senior position in WilPharma Corporation, Downing was able to secure a secret vaccine research agreement with the Pentagon and was provided samples of the t-Virus. Intent on later selling samples of the vaccine and virus on the black market, Downing orchestrated a bioterrorist attack in India and later the WilPharma Airport to demonstrate the vaccine's effectiveness to customers. The Air Dome Laboratory attack was intended to finally advertise his sample of the G-Virus, which he later decided was an improper product due to its uncontrollable mutations.

Aftermath

Following the arrest of Downing, WilPharma Corporation's stock collapsed and was purchased by TRICELL, Inc. TRICELL themselves had struck a viral research agreement with bioterrorist Dr. Albert Wesker and entered the bioweapons black market as a means of financing his research. The Air Dome Laboratory was quickly re-opened and TRICELL employees in hazmat suits successfully recovered parts of Dr. Miller's body, providing them with the G-Virus. To tie-up loose-ends, Congressman Ron Davis was also assassinated, having been considered a security risk. His computer harddrive was then wiped to prevent any leaks of information.

Bibliography

Sources

  1. Leigh (ed.), Archives II, p.215.

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