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Serial killing suspect arrested in 9 deaths, police say

Serial killing suspect arrested in 9 deaths, police say

Investigators initially believed a serial shooter was responsible for seven deaths past year but in recent weeks they determined two other victims were also shot by the same gunman, including one killed in 2015, Williams said.

Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested in April and later charged with murder in connection with the first of the killings, which occurred in August 2015, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters at a news conference.

One of the nine people was a 61-year-old man killed in August 2015 whom Saucedo knew through his mother.

The targets of the serial shooter included men, women and children, many of them ambushed near their homes, between August 2015 and July 2016.

Police say it appears Saucedo didn't know any of the victims except for his mother's boyfriend, Raul Romero, who was found shot to death in his driveway.

The man called "the serial street shooter" usually struck at night, standing outside his auto and blasting away with a semi-automatic pistol.

"They had a clear mission: bring this killer to justice and get it right".

Saucedo had been arrested last month in connection with a separate 2015 killing, police said.

Phoenix police say they have caught the man responsible for Phoenix-area serial killing.

But in a odd quirk, the Department of Public Safety said Saucedo's gun from the killing of his mother's friend had been test-fired as part of the freeway shooting probe. On Monday, they announced they had arrested a former city bus driver in the killings while providing scant detail about what motivated him or details about how they made a break in the case, other than to credit tips.

Police fielded thousands of tips, went door-to-door in a largely Hispanic neighborhood of Phoenix where the shootings happened and analyzed ballistics from a different, unrelated serial shooting case.

"When they showed me the picture, I did get a little chills", he said. On Monday, he was booked on 26 additional felony counts, including in another slaying that hadn't previously been tied to the serial shooter. Since that time, Saucedo has been implicated in the death of 22-year-old Jesse Olivas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting on January 1, 2016.

Shots were fired into a auto on July 11, 2016; a man and a 4-year-old boy inside escaped unhurt.


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