After a tractor-trailer was shot in the side on a Phoenix freeway, Saturday, Arizona police declared the incident as the 11th attack in what has become a string of shootings over the past few weeks. All shootings have taken place in Phoenix on the freeway, affecting drivers.
Authorities confirmed that they might be dealing with more than one gunman, on Thursday.
The bullet hole in the truck was reported on Thursday morning, and another case was also being investigated—a projectile that damaged a car window.
In the span of two weeks, 11 total shootings have been reported on or near Interstate 10. Bullets caused seven of these shootings, while the others were unspecified projectiles (BBs or pellets).
Luckily, there has only been one recorded injury of a 13-year-old girl who was cut by flying glass from her car door window after it was hit with a bullet.
Robert McDonald was driving an empty tour bus when he was hit. A bullet came through the side of the bus and sliced the seat directly behind him. He said it would have hit his shoulder if it had been any more powerful.
“And if I would have moved my head,” he said. “I would have got hit.”
Governor Doug Ducey pleaded for the public’s help earlier Thursday and Billboards have been put up on the interstate with a number for drivers to call and report tips on potential suspects.
“The safety of Arizonans is our number one priority. If you have ANY information about the I-10 shootings call @Arizona_DPS at 602-644-5805,” Governor Ducey tweeted out.
There are currently no suspects at hand, not even descriptions of potential ones, or even of a car. Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward.
Arizona state director of public safety, Col. Frank Milstead, has categorized this series of attacks as “domestic terrorism crimes.”
“I am the opinion right now that we have multiple shooters just because the M.O.’s have changed,” Milstead tolf NBC News.
The series of shootings have been compared to the sniper attacks that took place in Washington, D.C., during the fall of 2002. Ten people were killed, targeted when pumping gas or out running errands.
Two gunmen where held responsible for those attacks, John Allen Muhammed, executed in 2009, and Lee Boyd Malvo, who is serving life without the possibility of parole.
Clint Van Zandt, former FBI profiler, assesses that the Phoenix gunman (or gunmen) is feeding on terror.
“He knows the time he wants to be out there. He knows the location,” he said. “He, in his mind, is playing this chess game with the authorities.”