Since March 17, Phoenix has been under attack by an unknown assailant that authorities are now classifying as a serial killer — the first one in a decade in the metropolitan area. So far the mystery gunman has killed seven people and wounded two others, police say.
The latest attack occurred July 11 when a vehicle was fired upon. The occupants — a 21-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy — were not seriously injured, but investigators have been able to link the incident to the previous occurrences, the Associated Press reported.
A sketch has been drawn of the shooter, and he has been described as a “lanky man in his early 20s.” It’s not clear what his motive is, but authorities have offered a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
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Residents are on high alert, especially in the Maryvale neighborhood where the majority of attacks have occurred. Police hope someone in the community will reveal the identity of the man, as he seems to know the low-income area extremely well.
The killer’s suspected car is a black late-1990s or early-2000s BMW 5 Series. Investigators have warned the man has access to multiple vehicles and included a white Cadillac- or Lincoln-style car as something to look out for.
The shootings have usually occurred after dark when the victims were near their homes or in their cars, with the shooter either sitting in a vehicle or having just stepped out.
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The last serial murder case in the Phoenix area occurred in 2005 and 2006, when two men drove around shooting people and animals from their car. They killed six people and wounded 19 before being caught and convicted.
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