Raulie Casteel, arrested in highway recordings in Michigan, had extreme right-wing political views

Is this the Michigan Sniper? Extreme right-wing activist bragging about carrying a gun every day is arrested for shooting on TWO BOX cars

  • 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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Plea: Raulie Casteel, 43, pleaded guilty to eight counts of an attempted murder on Friday after two dozens of cars were shot on a highway in Michigan

Plea: Raulie Casteel, 43, pleaded guilty to eight counts of an attempted murder on Friday after two dozens of cars were shot on a highway in Michigan

The man was accused of a frightening suburb of Detroit, Michigan, for two weeks by shooting at two dozen cars on the highway that cried for months before the attacks on extreme right-wing politics.

Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, boasted on his Twitter feed about carrying a gun every day and said that President Obama should be arrested by the army and "march out of the White House with handcuffs."

The police arrested him Sunday night at his home in Wixom, Michigan, near the epicenter of seemingly random shootings.

His mother, who lives in Florida, has her son mentally ill and that she tried and did not help him, but she never thought he would use violence.

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;

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.

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.

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.

Scott Arnold, 46, from Kalamazoo, shot in the butt when he was driving east I-96 on October 27, heading for a World Series race in Detroit. He was rushed to the hospital, but did not get a life-threatening wound.

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.

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.

Stalking terrain: the targets in the 24 reported incidents were mostly cars traveling on roads near Interstate 96 (photo) Stalking terrain: the targets in the 24 reported incidents were mostly cars traveling on roads near Interstate 96 (photo)

Stalking terrain: the targets in the 24 reported incidents were mostly cars traveling on roads near Interstate 96 (photo)

& # 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, indications seemed to consist of few slugs and bullet fragments embedded in cars, metal casings on roadways, a simple black-and-white sketch of the shooter and vague descriptions of the dark car he was driving.

Michigan State Police Lt Michael Shaw said that Mail Online investigators could not determine a motive because Casteel asked a lawyer shortly after his arrest.

He said, however, that investigators are looking for a possible link between the shootings and his political messages on Twitter.

& # 39;It is something we look at as a possible part of the research. We don't know for sure if that is related to the case or not, but it is something we are aware of, & he said.

Casteel regularly started posting posts about politics on his Twitter account in April. He often mentioned conservative experts, but also other more right-wing sources.

Casteel, a married father, said he believed administrators were part of a government plot against him Casteel, a married father, said he believed administrators were part of a government plot against him

Casteel, a married father, said he believed administrators were part of a government plot against him

He also spoke about & # 39; open wearing & # 39 ;, the practice of wearing a non-hidden gun.

& # 39; The 2nd Amend is absolute – absolutely no compromises – I wear everywhere I go! & # 39; he wrote on September 28.

He has also often posted about the need to accuse the president.

& # 39; I want Barack Obamo to be arrested and deposed. I gave the army the option to remove it from the W.H. to march. in handcuffs, & he wrote on October 1.

He also said that he had purchased a book titled & # 39; Hostile Takeover: resisting centralized government & # 39; s Stranglehold on America & # 39; by Tea Party activist William Morrow.

Lt Shaw said officers had grabbed a 9mm gun from Casteel & # 39; s house. Gun caliber bullets were used at the shootings on the highway, although he could not confirm whether the bullets recovered were fire from Casteel's gun.

Lana Hunt, 62, who lives in Florida, told it Detroit Free Press that her son is mentally ill.

& # 39; He trusted me, but I couldn't show him a doctor, & # 39; she said.

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 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

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


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