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Raulie Casteel, arrested in Michigan highway shootings, had far right-wing political views

Is this the Michigan Sniper? Far-right activist who bragged every day about carrying a gun is arrested for shooting TWO BOXES of cars

  • Suspect arrested in Detroit suburb of Wixom where shootings began
  • Targets in 24 incidents were primarily cars on roads near Interstate 96

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Plea: Raulie Casteel, 43, pleaded not guilty to eight attempted murders on Friday after two dozen cars were shot down on a Michigan highway

Plea: Raulie Casteel, 43, pleaded not guilty to eight attempted murders on Friday after two dozen cars were shot down on a Michigan highway

The man accused of terrorizing the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan for two weeks by shooting two dozen cars on the highway was ranting about far-right politics months before the attacks.

Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, bragged on his Twitter feed about carrying a gun every day, saying President Obama should be arrested by the military and “marched out of the White House in handcuffs.”

Police arrested him Sunday night at his home in Wixom, Michigan, near the epicenter of the apparently random shootings.

His mother, who lives in Florida, says her son is mentally ill and that she tried to help him but did not believe he would resort to violence.

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth called the attacks, in which one person was injured, “domestic terrorism.”

He said, ‘Why did he do it? I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever know.’

Sheriff Wriggelsworth said a tip — one of nearly 3,000 entered — led authorities to the man’s home. He did not want to say what the suspect said to the investigators.

The shootings began on October 16 and stretched from Oakland County west to Ingham County.

The targets in the 24 reported incidents were primarily cars driving on roads near Interstate 96. Only a handful of shootings actually took place on the highway.

The crime scene where the shooting took place is 160 kilometers long and runs through suburbs, shopping centers and meadows.

Shootings have occurred during the day, night, weekdays and weekends. According to police, the gunman would drive across the road and shoot at vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. Only one person was injured.

Scott Arnold, 46, of Kalamazoo, shot in the buttocks as he drove east on I-96 on Oct. 27 on his way to a World Series game in Detroit. He was rushed to hospital but did not sustain a life-threatening injury.

The first reports of shootings caused panic. Wixom schools restricted recess and other activities where students would go outside. Drivers avoided main roads where they could be exposed and stuck on side streets.

Janice Schumacher, 43, was pumping petrol into Wixom when she learned a suspect was in custody.

“Hope this is the guy,” said the Commerce Township resident who has been using alternate routes in recent weeks to do personal shopping and take her three kids to and from school.

Stalking site: The targets in the 24 reported incidents were primarily cars driving on roads near Interstate 96 (pictured)

Stalking site: The targets in the 24 reported incidents were primarily cars driving on roads near Interstate 96 (pictured)

“For weeks I can’t breathe while driving with my kids in the car. It would be a great relief if they finally got hold of this man.’

Before the arrest, there seemed to be little evidence: bullets and fragments of bullets embedded in cars, metal casings on roads, a simple black-and-white sketch of the shooter, and vague descriptions of the dark car he was driving.

The Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw told Mail Online that investigators were unable to determine a motive because Casteel asked for a lawyer shortly after his arrest.

But, he said, detectives are investigating a possible link between the shooting and his political messages on Twitter.

It’s something we consider to be a potential part of the investigation that we’re not sure if that’s related to the case or not, but it’s something we’re aware of,” he said.

Casteel began posting regular political messages on his Twitter account in April. He often quoted conservative experts, as well as other, more right-wing sources.

Casteel, a married father, said he believed drivers were part of a government conspiracy against him

Casteel, a married father, said he believed drivers were part of a government conspiracy against him

He also spoke about ‘open carry’, the practice of carrying an unconcealed pistol.

‘The 2nd Amend is an absolute – absolutely no compromise – I carry everywhere I go!’ he wrote on September 28.

He also frequently posted about the need to impeach the president.

“I want the arrest and impeachment of Barack Obama. I have given the military the opportunity to march him out of the WH in handcuffs,” he wrote on Oct. 1.

He also said he bought a book called “Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America” ​​by Tea Party activist William Morrow.

Lieutenant Shaw said officers seized a 9mm pistol from Casteel’s home. Gun-caliber bullets were used in the highway shootings, although he could not confirm whether the recovered bullets came from Casteel’s pistol.

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

“He trusted me, but I couldn’t get him to see a doctor,” she said.

Artist's impression: Police arrested 43-year-old man on suspicion of being the sniper, pictured, who fired at random cars in four Michigan counties over two weeks

Artist’s impression: Police arrested 43-year-old man on suspicion of being the sniper, pictured, who fired at random cars in four Michigan counties over two weeks


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