Phoenix Police Link 7th Homicide to ‘Serial Street Shooter’

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It’s been a month since a serial shooter has opened fire in the Phoenix community of Maryvale, but on Tuesday, police announced that his list of victims — and their investigation area — had grown.

Investigators have linked a seventh homicide, as well as three additional shootings that left two people hurt and a vehicle damaged, to the man they are now publicly referring to as the “serial street shooter.”

The Phoenix Police Department says 55-year-old Krystal Annette White was likely the second casualty in a three-month shooting spree that is now tied to incidents between March 17 and June 12. White’s body was discovered about 4:30 a.m. April 19 in the 500 block of North 32nd Street.

The addition of White’s case expands the geographical scope of the investigation considerably. While the suspect was only initially tied to four shootings that killed six people in Maryvale, the addition of White’s case links the shooter to a crime scene clear across town.

Police reported this Tuesday in their first public acknowledgment of the shooter’s “serial” status. There is no mention of Maryvale in his new moniker, and a newly released sketch refers to him only as the “serial street shooter.”

White’s case does share some similarities to the others: All of the incidents occurred outside of residences, and all during nighttime hours.

“Police are confident that (White’s) case is still forensically linked to the other incidents,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a spokesman for the police department.

The addition of White brings the death toll up to seven, days after the sixth victim, 33-year-old Stefanie Ellis, died of injuries stemming from a June 12 shooting.

Police also believe that the suspect is responsible for three additional shootings that, until Tuesday, were not publicly linked to the gunman:

  • On March 17, at about 11:30 p.m., a 16-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while walking down the street in the 1100 block of East Moreland Street.

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SOURCE: USA Today; The Arizona Republic, Megan Cassidy and Sydney Greene