The search for the suspect in a series of shooting on a crowded Phoenix, Arizona Interstate is not over. On Thursday, police received another report on a care being hit by a bullet, raising the number of damaged vehicles to 11 since the shooting first started on August 29.
In the last 13 days, hundreds of reports flooded the police’s hotline with people trying to help law enforcement officers to arrest the rogue shooter. So far, authorities do not know whether the shootings are the work of a single person or whether there’s a group of gunmen trying to terrorize motorists on Interstate 10. Several drivers announced that they were seeking alternate routes until the case gets solved.
The police reported that eight cars were struck by bullets, while the rest were hit by Base Bleed projectiles or pellets.
When the firings started Aug. 29, a girl that was riding an SUV got her face cut by the glass resulted when the projectile struck the vehicle’s window. Fortunately, her injuries were minor and none of the drivers or passengers in the damaged cars required hospitalization.
Currently, police is urging the public on social media, interviews, and other means of communication to help them catch the suspect. Billboards were placed on the freeway with an emergency phone number to call in case there’s any suspicious activity in the area. There is even an “I-10 shooter tip line” set in place by authorities in their effort to capture the perpetrator.
The line was flooded with thousands of tips but none of them helped authorities catch the suspect. Some of the tips were false leads, while others were false reports of shootings when windshields were damaged by the pebbles turned into projectiles by the tires of nearby cars.
In a single day, motorists reported possible firings on five vehicles, but all of them false alarms. Nevertheless, one Thursday report indeed described a real shooting. A driver reported that he found a bullet in his commercial truck’s cargo when returning home from work. He said that that day he performed many deliveries so he could tell when or where the shooting occurred.
Ron Freeman, a truck stop employee on the freeway disclosed that he urged his family to keep a safe distance from I 10 until police find a suspect.
“It’s kind of spooky, man, when people can’t drive up and down the interstate unless they’re getting shot at,”
the man added.
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