Man, 43, arrested for hunting sniper from Michigan, who fired at random cars in four provinces in a two-week terror campaign
- Suspect arrested in Wixom, the suburb of Detroit where recording began
- Targets in 24 incidents were mostly cars on roads near Interstate 96
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of the sniper who has shot at random cars in two provinces in two weeks.
The 43-year-old suspect was detained on Monday night in Wixom, the suburb of Detroit where the shootings began.
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth called the attacks, in which one person was injured, & # 39; domestic terrorism & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; Why did he do it? I do not know. I don't know if we'll ever know. & # 39;
Artist & # 39; s impression: Police arrested the 43-year-old man on suspicion of the sniper, pictured, who shot two cars in two provinces of Michigan in two weeks
Sheriff Wriggelsworth said a tip – one of nearly 3,000 who came in – led the authorities to the man's house. He refused to reveal what the suspect investigators told.
According to the police, the man was driving a vehicle that corresponded to the description of the suspect's car delivered by a shooting victim. Authorities also brought in potential evidence, detectives said.
At least one gun was seized, said Donald Dawkins, Detroit spokesperson for the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The man was not charged last night and it was not clear when allegations could be filed.
Local and federal authorities discussed whether the case should be continued in the national or federal court. Sheriff Wriggelsworth said he wanted federal prosecutors to handle the case.
The recordings started on October 16 and extended from Oakland County west to Ingham County.
The targets in the 24 reported incidents were mainly cars that were driving on roads near the Interstate 96. Only a handful of shootings took place on the highway.
Stalking terrain: the targets in the 24 reported incidents were mostly cars traveling on roads near Interstate 96 (photo)
Janice Schumacher (43) pumped gas into Wixom when she heard that a suspect was in custody.
& # 39; I hope this is the man & # 39 ;, said the Commerce Township resident who used alternative routes in recent weeks to do personal shopping and bring her three children to school
& # 39; For weeks I have not been able to breathe while driving my children in the car. If they finally got that guest, it would be a great relief. & # 39;
Before the arrest, evidence – bullets and bullet fragments embedded in cars & # 39; s, metal casings on roads, a simple black-and-white sketch of the shooter – a man presumably in his late twenties or thirties – vague and vague descriptions of the dark car he was driving.
The crime scene where the shooting took place is 100 miles long and cuts through suburbia, shopping centers and farm pastures.
Recordings have taken place during the day, & # 39; at night, on weekdays and at the weekend. Police say the shooter drives along roads and shoots vehicles that drive in the opposite direction. Only one person was injured.
Initial reports of shootings caused panic. Wixom schools limited break and other activities that students would take outside. Drivers avoided main roads where they could be exposed and hang on side streets.
But the police have worked hard to stay calm. In Wixom – where ten shootings have been reported – the police had special Halloween patrols to protect trick-or-treaters.
From Oakland County, northwest of Detroit, to Shiawassee County, northeast of Lansing, the authorities stopped cars that resembled the shooter's vehicle. A reward of $ 102,000 was offered.
& # 39; I've always felt safe here. But this was very shocking, "said Karen Adams, 51, who lives on a street away from the suspect.