Phoenix police investigating freeway shootings, appeal for help
PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities in Phoenix are investigating a report of another possible shooting of a vehicle in the same area where cars have been shot at over the past two weeks.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says no information is immediately known on the circumstances of what happened on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Authorities are at the scene of a gas station where the vehicle apparently exited Interstate 10. Graves says nobody was injured.
Authorities were already investigating nine shootings of vehicles over the past two weeks that have heightened fears of a possible serial shooter on Phoenix-area freeways.
Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead has called the incidents "domestic terrorism crimes."
Previously four vehicles traveling on the same freeway were struck by gunshots last week, and DPS is appealing for information from the public as it conducts what it says is a "robust investigation."
The previous shootings confirmed by DPS occurred over a three-day span. The first occurred Aug. 29, followed by two more that evening. The fourth occurred Monday morning, Aug. 31.
The shootings involved four vehicles - a tour bus, work truck and two personal vehicles - that were hit by at least one bullet each as they drove along the main freeway through the Phoenix metro area.
The shootings occurred at separate locations along 8 miles of Interstate 10. People in the vehicles heard loud noises, but some didn't realize their vehicle had been hit until later. A 13-year-old girl riding in an SUV was injured after suffering a cut to her ear from broken glass.
The bullets hit various parts of the vehicles, shattering a windshield, hitting a headlight and piercing the sides of two of them. The tour bus was empty except for the driver.
"You should be concerned," Col. Frank Milstead, the director of DPS, said earlier in the week. "We have some people or person shooting at moving vehicles on I-10. It has not ended in tragedy, but it could."
The agency suggests submitting tips through an online form for the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center at http://www.azactic.gov/Tips.