Arizona Police Question Man in Connection with 11 Freeway Shootings


Arizona state police were questioning a man in connection with a string of 11 confirmed freeway shooting incidents that have put Phoenix area motorists on edge, it was reported Friday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves told Fox News the two people were taking into custody as “people of interest” but could not provide information on what led investigators to pick them up.

Fox 10 Phoenix showed video of a man and woman being taken into custody late Friday morning at a Chevron gas station near Interstate 10 in Phoenix. Later, the station cited a police spokesman as saying only the man was being questioned about the shootings.

Police converged on the gas mart, focusing on a white SUV, the Associated Press reported.

The incidents, which took place within the last two weeks along the I-10, include a confirmed gunshot early Thursday that left a hole in the side of a commercial tractor-truck.

Police quickly discounted reports of a possible 12th shooting early Friday. The state police said they investigated a report of another freeway shooting that took place around 5:15 a.m. on I-17. Hours later a police spokesman said there was no physical evidence corroborating a motorist’s report of hearing at least one gunshot.

The shootings have rattled nerves and heightened fears of a possible serial shooter, and some motorists have started avoiding using the freeways, instead taking city streets. No one has been seriously hurt in the shootings, although one bullet shattered a windshield and the broken glass cut a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities say that eight of the damaged vehicles were hit by bullets and three by projectiles such as BBs and pellets.

Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead has called the incidents “domestic terrorism crimes.”

“Anytime that you have multiple shootings against American citizens on a highway, that’s terrorism,” Milstead said. “They’re trying to frighten or kill somebody.” He did not elaborate.

The latest incident happened just before 6 a.m. local time Thursday, when a commercial truck driver found a bullet hole in his cargo area after making hours of deliveries, so it was impossible to know where or exactly when it happened.

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SOURCE: Fox News

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