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Arizona authorities believe there is more than one shooter involved in recent string of freeway shootings

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Arizona authorities believe there is more than one shooter involved in recent string of freeway shootings

Arizona authorities say they believe there is more than one shooter involved in the recent string of Phoenix-area freeway shootings.

“It does not appear to be the same guy,’’ Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said.

“We have one that looks like road rage, we have the bullet ones, we have the projectile ones.’’

Many Phoenix drivers have avoided freeways since the 11 confirmed shootings began 29 August, mostly along Interstate 10, a major route through the city.

Eight of the cars were hit with bullets and three with projectiles that could have been pellets. One girl’s ear was cut by glass as a bullet shattered her window.

A 19-year-old man from a Phoenix suburb who was detained on Friday is a person of interest, but Arizona police declined to say what led police to question him.

Authorities identified the "person of interest" as Oscar de la Torre Munoz, 19, of Avondale.

Troopers detained de la Torre and another person near 107th Avenue and Indian School on Friday. 

Police are still seeking tips, with freeway message boards across the city continuing to flash a tip-line number.

Motorists have also been calling because they believe they’ve been targeted.