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As authorities in Arizona continue to pursue the case of multiple shootings of vehicles along a stretch of Interstate 10 in Phoenix, police have arrested a trio of teenagers who they say have been committing copycat crimes.
Police have questioned at least one person of interest who was detained on Friday on an unrelated charge; authorities did not reveal much more other than that he was not considered the main suspect.
Meanwhile, three teenagers, all 18, were arrested on charges of shooting projectiles at cars with slingshots in an apparent series of copycat incidents. On Sunday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that a couple whose car window was shattered on Saturday, just east of Phoenix, noted a license plate number of a vehicle that allegedly pulled up alongside them. Deputies and the state Department of Public Safety located the vehicle.
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) September 11, 2015
As for the spate of shootings along Interstate 10 in the last few weeks, DPS director Frank Milstead called on the public for more tips in the case. "Somebody out there knows something, and I need to know what they know. None of us should drive the freeways or any roadway and worry about having items randomly thrown at our vehicles."
On Sunday, there was particular concern as the stretch of I-10 where the shootings have occurred was in heavy use as tens of thousands of fans flocked to the University of Phoenix Stadium for the NFL opening weekend game between the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints.
Map shows locations of 10 recent incidents on Phoenix-area freeways involving bullets or unspecified projectiles
Authorities have even floated the idea of multiple "scenarios." Of the 11 reported incidents in which cars have been struck, eight have been confirmed to have been bullets, while the other three involved unknown projections. Milstead said, “It does not appear to be the same guy. I think we have three MOs. We have one that looks like road rage, we have the bullet ones, we have the projectile ones."
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) September 12, 2015
While authorities continue to investigate, one group of "volunteers" have stepped up in an attempt to assist in the hunt for the shooter (or shooters). A man calling himself "Bolt," the self-proclaimed founder of Bolt Force, told to CNN that his team is not a vigilante group. "We’re out here to prevent someone from getting killed or hurt seriously. We’ve been fortunate so far, it’s only a matter of time."
Additional reporting by the Associated Press
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