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Phoenix Sniper: Public & Officials Fear Shooter After 4 Cars Shot On Busy Highway

Tue, September 1, 2015 12:32pm EDT by 2 Comments
Phoenix Arizona Sniper
Courtesy of Arizona DPS

So scary. Four cars driving on I-10 in Phoenix, Arizona were shot at between Saturday and Monday, leaving the police and public worried that a sniper might be on the loose.

Residents in Phoenix, Arizona are living in fear of a shooter, who has fired bullets at four cars since Aug. 29. Three cars driving on Interstate-10 on Aug. 29 were shot at, two in the morning and one in the evening. A fourth was targeted in the early morning of Aug. 31.

So far, the only injury suffered was to a 13-year-old girl, whose ear was clipped when a bullet hit the windshield of the vehicle she was a passenger in. She was treated at the scene on Saturday and did not require anything further from doctors.

But four similar incidents on the same road in just three days is quite an alarming number, and the public is concerned. Scarily, so are officials. “Should we be concerned? Absolutely,” Arizona’s Department of Public Safety director said. “There’s been no tragedy, but there very well could be.”

The victims of these attacks have seemingly been “random,” according to the DPS officer. “We are piecing together the story,” he added. “What we are really asking is the public’s help to be a good witness while we further investigate all of the evidence.”

Unfortunately, the victims haven’t been able to provide much information to police — because many of them didn’t even know what happened when their cars were shot. “A man driving a work truck [on Aug. 31] heard a loud bang and thought that a rock struck the company truck,” a press release read. “When he and the other passengers arrived at their work site, an inspection of the company truck revealed the driver side front headlamp had been hit by a bullet.” The third Aug. 29 victim also didn’t recognize her car had been shot until she inspected it the next day.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call the Arizona Department of Public Safety at 602-223-2212.

— Alyssa Norwin