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Shooting on Arizona’s I-10 Freeway Puts Drivers on Alert

[dropcap style=”style1″]A[/dropcap]ccording to officials, a shooter(s) have been firing at vehicles driving on Interstate 10 in Phoenix since Saturday August 29, with four vehicles reportedly hit. The Arizona Department of Public safety is investigating and trying to determine if all the shootings are connected.

Bullets have struck three vehicles Saturday and the fourth on the following Monday morning on a stretch of the I-10 between 16th street and 59th Avenue.  Investigators believe that the shooter or shooters took multiple shots at each vehicle. The three shots that occurred on Saturday have gone through the windshield or passenger window of the cars, according to DPS. While the one that occurred on Monday impacted the front headlight of a commercial truck.

Investigators are piecing together the story. So far there appears to be no connection to any of the shootings at this time and the caliber and type of gun has yet to be determined.

The first vehicle struck was a sport utility vehicle and was hit about 11:00 a.m. on the east bound I-10 near 19th Avenue. The front seat passenger, a 13 year old girl, suffered a cut due to the incident and was treated at the scene.

Six minutes later and just miles away, a westbound passenger bus was struck between 35th and 59th Avenues. The driver who was the only person on the bus at the time was unharmed.

The third shooting occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday night. The driver told detectives that she was driving east bound on the I-10 near 16th Street when she hear a loud banging sound.

Investigators believe the fourth shooting occurred about 4:25 a.m. Monday morning on the east bound I-10 near 35th Avenue. A man driving a company vehicle heard a loud bang and thought a rock had hit the truck, but later when he and his passengers arrived at their work site, the driver side front headlight had damage consistent with a gun shot.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to please contact DPS at 602.223.2212.

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