Arizona authorities were questioning a man Friday in connection with a string of at least 11 freeway shootings that have terrified Phoenix drivers for two weeks but caused just one injury to date.
A man and woman were taken into custody Friday, but authorities later said the man was being questioned about the shootings on or near Interstate 10 for nearly two weeks
“This person that we detained is for questioning, it’s not solely about this I-10 shooting situation. We’re interviewing and asking him about a number of things,” Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves told reporters later Friday.
“He is not a suspect yet, he is being questioned on a number of things,” Graves said. Graves said the man has not been arrested.
The man being questioned was not identified. Police swarmed a convenience store near Interstate 10, and detained the man and seized his white Chevrolet Tahoe earlier Friday, The Associated Press reported. The vehicle will be examined for evidence, which Graves said is standard procedure.
Graves would not say what led authorities to the man who was being questioned Friday.
The most recent shooting in the spree, which began on Aug. 29, was reported Thursday morning and involved a bullet strike on a commercial truck-tractor, but it isn’t clear when the vehicle was struck, police said.
Eight of the shootings have involved bullets, while three other vehicles were hit with unspecified projectiles, the department of public safety said.
The drivers of the struck vehicles have escaped the violence uninjured, but a 13-year-old girl was cut by flying glass in one incident, according to police.
Phoenix drivers who fear they might not be so lucky have avoided the highway while investigators work to find a suspect or suspects tied to the crimes, and determine whether they are all related.
Col. Frank Milstead, the state director of public safety, said Wednesday that he believes multiple people are behind the spree “just because the M.O.’s have changed.”
Authorities offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to any suspects, and Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday appealed to the public for help.
Graves thanked the public for calling in tips. “That is really helping us with this investigation,” Graves said.
“We are working 24 hours a day trying to get this person into custody,” Graves said. “We couldn’t be as far along as we are without the help of the public.”
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