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Arizona Police confirm links between serial killer and nine shootings in Phoenix

August 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arizona Police confirm links between serial killer and nine shootings in Phoenix

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Law enforcement officials, who are currently investigating the first serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona in ten years, reported on Wednesday that they have connected a non-fatal shooting to the case, bringing the number of attacks to nine in total.

The latest incident happened on July 11th when someone shot at a vehicle that was being driven by a 21-year-old, with a 4-year-old boy in the backseat. Luckily, neither was injured, according to Sgt. Jonathon Howard, a spokesman for the police department, who refused to provide additional details on the shooting.

CNN reported in total, seven individuals have been shot dead, and two others have been wounded in attacks that began back on March 17th.

According to authorities, the victims were attacked as they sat in their vehicles or simply stood outside of their homes. Police have not yet ascertained a motive.

Investigators refused to reveal to the public the evidence that they believe links all of the shootings together.

It is currently believed that the crimes were committed by a lanky man in his early 20s, although they are still open to the possibility that someone else may have engaged in the assaults. The suspect is thought to have utilized several vehicles in his attacks, including a black 5 Series BMW.

Officials have a few leads about the suspect and have called on the public to come forward with any information. Police are offering a $50,000 reward for any information that may lead to an arrest.

Howard stated, Our best hope for the identity of this man will come from the community.”

The last Phoenix serial killer case took place back in 2005-2006 when six people were murdered, and 19 were wounded in a string of seemingly random shootings. Two men were found guilty of the crimes.

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