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    Phoenix Serial Shootings: Four More Crimes Added to Deadly Pattern

    I heard last nite about this case on Anderson Coopers show I hope they find this serial killer soon before he kills again!!!
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    Phoenix Serial Shootings: Four More Crimes Added to Deadly Pattern
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    Phoenix police have tied four more shootings — including a murder — to a string of incidents they believe are the work of a possible serial killer.

    Investigators have now released a sketch of the gunman, who is suspected of killing seven people since March 18. The motive is unknown.

    "It's scary just knowing that somebody is out there taking innocent lives — someone's mother, someone's daughter — for no reason, and nobody has any answers," said BreAngela White, who just learned that her mother's April 19 slaying was linked to the others.

    As part of the investigation, police began reviewing all shootings since the start of the year — a process that revealed four more crimes as part of the pattern. In two, the victims were wounded; in a third, a woman was killed. The fourth involved gunshots fired into an empty car.

    The shootings identified as part of the pattern include:
    An Hispanic male wounded while walking in the street at 11:30 p.m. on March 17

    An Hispanic male shot standing near his car on the street at 11:30 p.m. on March 18

    Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, 21, killed April 1 while visiting his pregnant fiancée's family
    Krystal Annette White, 55, found dead of a gunshot on April 19


    Horacio Pena, 32, fatally shot June 3 after returning home from his job at a group home
    Manuel Castro Garcia, 19, murdered outside his home on June 10

    Stefanie Ellis, 33, her 12-year-old daughter Maleah and friend Angela Linner, 31, killed outside their home on June 12.

    The spate of shootings has sent a current of fear through the working-class neighborhood. The Guardian Angels have been patrolling, and some shopkeepers are closing early because the shootings have occurred after dark.


    For BreAngela White, the news that her mother Krystal's death may have been caused by a serial killer opened wounds but also made sense because she could not imagine she was targeted by someone she knew.

    "She was a beautiful person inside and out," she said of the mother of six. "A real loving person."

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    Authorities have released a sketch of the suspect and said witnesses describe him as a light-skinned Latino or white man in his 20s.


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    Police: Phoenix serial shooter fires at vehicle, man and 4-year-old inside
    Posted: 2:13 PM, Aug 3, 2016

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    Phoenix police confirm the Phoenix serial shooter has struck again, bringing the total number of incidents up to nine since March.

    A man and 4-year-old boy were sitting inside a car outside a home at 32nd Street and Oak on July 11 when the suspect fired at their car.

    The victims did not sustain any injuries, but called police to report the incident.

    According to Phoenix police, the suspect left the area in a dark-colored BMW, but the shooter is known to have access to multiple vehicles.

    Police said the suspect may also be driving a white Cadillac or a Lincoln-type vehicle.
    As a result of this most recent shooting, the reward to catch the serial shooter has been raised from $30,000 to $50,000. The FBI has added $20,000 to the reward amount.

    Six of the nine shootings have occurred in the Maryvale area of Phoenix. The three other shootings, including the most recent incident, have occurred either in the downtown area or north of Sky Harbor Airport.

    The Phoenix serial shooter has been targeting victims since March .

    His first victim, a 16-year-old boy, survived. Nine people have been shot, seven of them have died.

    A solid description of the suspect is not known at this time. However, two separate witnesses in the case were able to provide police with an idea of his appearance.

    Differing descriptions of the suspect’s vehicle have been provided by witnesses, with some reporting a light-colored sedan and others describing a dark-colored sedan.

    “Someone out there knows who did this. We need our community to call us or Silent Witness and help us solve these cases, bring justice to these families and victims, and prevent more violence from occurring,” said Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner

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    Phoenix Unnerved as Serial Gunman Leaves 7 Dead and 2 Injured
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    On a recent summer evening, a young man and a toddler were in a car stopped in a residential neighborhood in Phoenix when gunfire erupted. The two were not hurt, but investigators later said that it slowly dawned on them that they had a larger crime on their hands: A serial shooter had struck again.

    The attack on the car carrying the 21-year-old man and the 4-year-old boy on July 11 was the ninth time that an unidentified shooter had preyed on the city’s neighborhoods this year, the police said. Since March, seven people have been killed and two injured.

    On Wednesday, the authorities stepped up their efforts to solve the shootings by republicizing an artist’s sketch of the suspect, revealing details about the vehicles he had driven and raising the reward for any information leading to an arrest to $50,000 from $30,000.

    “Someone out there knows who did this,” Joseph Yahner, chief of the Phoenix Police Department, said in a statement on Facebook.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies are also taking part in the search.

    The reward and the release of additional information have fueled amateur sleuthing by residents who are sharing ideas and information and suggesting lines of investigation via the Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages, upending the notion of the traditional telephone tip line as a tool to help solve crimes.

    When investigators revealed that the suspect has access to several vehicles, including a BMW, a white Cadillac or “Lincoln-type vehicle,” readers pressed for more details:

    “Are the Cadillac and or Lincoln cars or SUVs?” one man wrote.

    “If he has access to multiple vehicles could be working at a dealership,” another wrote.

    “Or maybe a mechanic!” a third said.
    Some comments reflected a city unnerved by the seeming randomness of the targets.

    “Everybody, let’s help each other, protect each other, save a life before this punk takes another life,” wrote one reader using the name Robin Chief.

    “This is ridiculous. How is this serial shooter making his way across Phoenix?” another wrote.

    Others questioned whether the suspect could be the same person responsible for another series of shootings along Interstate 10 in the Phoenix area last year.

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    Phoenix serial street shooter 911 calls disclosed in bid for leads

    Oct 19, 2016


    PHOENIX -
    Police released a batch of 911 recordings Wednesday from the first two shootings in a wave of Phoenix serial killings earlier this year, hoping that the calls might revive an investigation that has generated few leads in recent months.

    A female caller in one recording was crying as she reported on March 18 that her brother had been shot but that she did not see the shooter.

    A man living nearby said he was awakened by sound of the 11 or 12 gunshots and a vehicle speeding away. Other calls were about a shooting that happened one day earlier.

    Authorities have received about 3,000 tips in the investigation into who is responsible for killing seven people and wounding two others in shootings from March until July.

    But police say the number of tips has plummeted since the last attack.

    Police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said investigators are confident the case will be solved by a tip from someone who knows a person involved in the attacks.

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    Phoenix serial killer probe slows year after shootings

    March 18, 2017


    One year after a suspected serial killer set off on a wave of shooting attacks in Phoenix that killed seven people and wounded two, police say they have experienced a significant slowdown of information provided by the public that could help detectives solve the case.

    The high volume of tips that police received last year during the four-month period that the killer was active in two neighborhoods has dropped dramatically and no new physical evidence has turned up since the last known attack eight months ago, said police spokesman Sgt. John Howard.

    Despite the lack of new information that could lead to an arrest, police remain committed to finding the killer dubbed the Serial Street Shooter suspect and believe that the case will be cracked by a tip from someone who knows the attacker, he said.

    "Many of the investigators have told me this is one of the most difficult cases they have investigated," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard.

    Friday marked the one-year anniversary since the first attack linked to a single suspect.

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    It's not unusual for investigations into serial killers to stall, experts said.

    "Sometimes these dry spells go on for years, but people shouldn't mistake that for cases being dormant," said Mary Ellen O'Toole, a former FBI profiler who directs George Mason University's forensic science program.

    Serial killers typically get caught through a tip from a member of the public or through the re-examination of evidence that had been looked at earlier, she said.
    Investigators in the Phoenix case believe the case will be solved by a tip from a person who knows about the killer's activities, perhaps a friend or relative who feels guilty about knowing about the attacks.

    "The problem is that most family members and friends will not snitch unless they are absolutely sure as to the identity of the killer," said Jack Levin, a professor emeritus of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University in Boston and author of several books on serial killings.

    And it's not unusual for serial killers to disappear for a period after they kill, said Mike Rustigan, a professor emeritus of criminal justice at San Jose State University who has studied serial killers.

    The killer may have gone "into a cooling-off period to lay low because he doesn't want to get caught," Rustigan said.


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    ABC15 confirms ID of person of interest in Phoenix serial street shootings

    ABC15 confirms ID of person of interest in Phoenix serial street shootings
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    PHOENIX - **UPDATE: Are Phoenix freeway, serial street shootings connected? ABC15 confirms gun link**
    A man arrested last week in a 2015 homicide has been identified as a person of interest in the Phoenix serial street shootings case, multiple sources confirm to ABC15
    Aaron Saucedo is being questioned in connection with the spree of shootings that happened between March and July 2016, which left seven people dead and two injured.


    No one has officially been arrested in the street shootings case, and when asked for a comment on Friday, Phoenix police said they are still looking for tips from the public.
    The first shooting was reported on March 17, 2016, after a driver in a Nissan drove past two teenagers and shot a 16-year-old boy in the arm, abdomen and hip. The teen survived the shooting.
    The most recent incident happened on July 11, 2016. According to authorities, a 21-year-old man and his 4-year-old nephew escaped uninjured after they were shot at while sitting in a vehicle. The suspect fled the scene in an early 1990s black BMW sedan after opening fire at the pair.
    The 21-year-old told ABC15 on Monday that Phoenix police investigators contacted him last week, showing him a photo lineup that included Saucedo's picture. The victim says seeing the photo "gave him chills."
    Residents who live in Saucedo's Phoenix neighborhood told ABC15 the 23-year-old drives an older-model black BMW -- potentially matching the description of the suspect vehicle -- which was towed from Saucedo's home last week.
    Saucedo was taken into custody on Wednesday for the murder of 61-year-old Raul Romero -- a case not currently tied to the serial street shootings.
    On August 16, 2015, Romero was shot multiple times in the driveway of his home, near 7th Street and Bethany Home Road, and died shortly after at a hospital.

    No one has officially been arrested in the street shootings case, and when asked for a comment on Friday, Phoenix police said they are still looking for tips from the public.
    The first shooting was reported on March 17, 2016, after a driver in a Nissan drove past two teenagers and shot a 16-year-old boy in the arm, abdomen and hip. The teen survived the shooting.
    The most recent incident happened on July 11, 2016. According to authorities, a 21-year-old man and his 4-year-old nephew escaped uninjured after they were shot at while sitting in a vehicle. The suspect fled the scene in an early 1990s black BMW sedan after opening fire at the pair.
    The 21-year-old told ABC15 on Monday that Phoenix police investigators contacted him last week, showing him a photo lineup that included Saucedo's picture. The victim says seeing the photo "gave him chills."
    Residents who live in Saucedo's Phoenix neighborhood told ABC15 the 23-year-old drives an older-model black BMW -- potentially matching the description of the suspect vehicle -- which was towed from Saucedo's home last week.
    Saucedo was taken into custody on Wednesday for the murder of 61-year-old Raul Romero -- a case not currently tied to the serial street shootings.
    On August 16, 2015, Romero was shot multiple times in the driveway of his home, near 7th Street and Bethany Home Road, and died shortly after at a hospital.

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    Suspect in Serial Street Shooter case named by Phoenix PD
    Posted: May 08, 2017 1:11 PM CDT
    Updated: May 08, 2017 5:06 PM CDT

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    First considered a “person of interest” in the ongoing Serial Street Shooter investigation, Aaron Juan Saucedo is now the prime suspect in the 2016 series of deadly shootings in the Phoenix area, the Phoenix Police Department announced today.
    Saucedo, 23, pleaded not guilty on Friday to an unrelated murder from nearly two years ago. Police arrested him in late April in connection with the shooting death of Raul Romero, who was found near his vehicle outside an apartment complex in the area of Montebello Avenue and Eighth Place on Aug. 17, 2015.
    Ballistics tests linked Saucedo’s 9 mm Hi-Point handgun to that murder. Court documents show that Saucedo sold the gun to a pawn shop a little more than two weeks after Romero's death.

    Investigations of this complexity are rare and take time to properly investigate,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said in a statement on Facebook at the time. “We cannot allow the release of unconfirmed information to jeopardize justice for anyone. The investigation and discovery of evidence will guide our timeline as we move forward.”
    Police say the Serial Street Shooter, whom they now believe to be Saucedo, is responsible for nine attacks between March and July 2016. Seven people were killed in shootings*that started in the Maryvale section of west Phoenix and spread to the city's central corridor and east side.*The victims, who have no obvious connection to each other, range in age from 12 to 55.
    Shortly after Saucedo’s arrest, police confirmed he was a person of interest in the Serial Street Shooter case.
    Detectives working the case had included Saucedo’s picture in a photo array they showed to surviving victims and witnesses. That photo resembles the widely circulated composite sketch of the suspect. In addition, neighbors living near Saucedo’s Phoenix home said Saucedo drove a black BMW 5-series sedan that closely matches the description of the vehicle linked to the crimes. Detectives have seized that*vehicle*as evidence.

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    Police: Man held in Phoenix 'Serial Street Shooter' case
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    After weeks of speculation and unconfirmed reports, Phoenix police on Monday officially announced a suspect in the "Serial Street Shootings" case that terrorized the Phoenix area for four months in 2016.
    Aaron Juan Saucedo, who was initially arrested April 19 in connection with a fatal shooting in 2015, was re-booked into a Maricopa County jail on Monday and now faces 26 charges related to the serial shootings, police said.
    Duringthe announcement Monday afternoon, Police Chief Jeri Williams said at least two more murders, including the 2015 shooting, had been linked to the serial shootings, bringing the death toll to nine. And she said investigators recently added to the series an incident in August 2015, when shots were fired into a house but no one was hurt. That brought the total number of shootings to 12.

    Williams said tips from the community — about 3,300 in all — ultimately led police to Saucedo.
    "We hope that our community will rest a little easier and that our officers will get a little more sleep (knowing) that our wheels of justice are finally in motion," she said.
    Last month, Saucedo was arrested and held on a $750,000 bond in the shooting death of 61-year-old Raul Romero on Aug. 16, 2015. Romero had been dating Saucedo's mother at the time of his death.

    Police on Monday linked Romero's death to the "Serial Street Shootings," as well as the shooting death of 22-year-old Jesse Olivas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting Jan. 1, 2016.
    Unlike Romero, the rest of the victims seemed to be picked at random. They were visiting family, returning home from work or lounging in their yards when they were gunned down by a phantom assailant.
    Witnesses and surviving victims described a slender young Hispanic man but couldn't agree on his vehicle. Police said it was possible that the killer had access to multiple cars but circulated a stock photo of one vehicle a witness described in detail: a black BMW 5 series, late 1990s to early 2000s.
    Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said police have not yet identified a motive but indicated that Saucedo has given at least some incriminating statements to police.
    Asked why activity appeared to cease in July, Howard pointed to Phoenix police’s media push in getting the description of the shooter's appearance and vehicle out to the public. It was then that Saucedo decided to change his appearance and stop driving his BMW, Howard said Saucedo told investigators.
    Howard said a “wide host of evidence" linked Saucedo to the series of shootings, including ballistics, surveillance, witnesses and other forensic evidence.
    “It goes on and on,” he said, but did not divulge more details because the investigation is ongoing.
    Howard said the $75,000 reward offered in the case will be given to the tipster or tipsters who led police to Saucedo. They will remain anonymous through the city's Silent Witness program.
    The case is now in the hands of Maricopa County prosecutors, who will make the official charging decisions.

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    Trial watchers beware: Trying 'Serial Street Shooter' case in post-Arias era will be long haul
    August 31, 2017

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    Aaron Saucedo, the suspected "Serial Street Shooter," had a date in court Aug. 17, but it was put off without explanation until early next month.
    Saucedo, 23, is charged with nine murders over the course of 12 shootings between August 2015 and July 2016, mostly in the Maryvale neighborhood of west Phoenix, though some of the events took place in east-central Phoenix.
    The court docket shows Saucedo is undergoing psychological evaluation. A police spokesman referred to him as a “troubled young man,” and Maryvale residents familiar with Saucedo described him to The*Arizona Republic*as unstable

    Saucedo would not have been in court anyway. His attorneys have consistently waived his presence to keep him away from television*and newspaper cameras.
    Criminal cases once progressed in their own due course. But this is the post-Jodi Arias Era, when high-profile murder trials have become a macabre form of reality-show mass entertainment.

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