Since mid-March investigators in Phoenix, Arizona have been searching for what they believe is an active serial killer responsible for at least 7 homicides.
According to People, “Police believe all of the shootings were carried out at random. They say the killer’s crime spree began on March 17, when a 16-year-old boy was shot and injured as he walked down a street.”
One of the victims was a 12-year-old girl who was shot and killed along with her mom and a family friend as they sat in their car in front of their home listening to music. Police found that more than 30 bullets hit the car.
Another victim was “in his car in front of a friend’s house when the gunman drove up alongside him, police said, according to ABC 15. After a brief conversation, the suspect opened fire, killing Castro Garcia.”
In a statement posted to their Facebook page, the city of Phoenix police department outlined the homicides they attribute to the killer:
**March 17, 2016: At approximately 11:30 p.m., a 16-year-old male was shot while walking in the street in the area of 1100 E. Moreland St. His injuries were not life threatening.
**March 18, 2016: At approximately 11:30 p.m., a 21-year-old male was shot while standing in the street outside of his vehicle in the area of 4300 N. 73rd Av. His injuries were not life threatening.
April 1, 2016: At approximately 9:00 p.m., Diego Verdugo-Sanchez was shot and killed in front of a home in the area of 5500 W. Turney Ave.
**April 19, 2016: At approximately 4:30 a.m., 55-year-old Krystal Annette White was found deceased from apparent gunshot injuries sustained in the area of 500 N. 32nd St.
June 3, 2016: At approximately 9:50 p.m., Horacio De Jesus Pena was shot and killed in front of a home in the area of 6700 W. Flower St.
June 10, 2016: At approximately 9:30 p.m., Manuel Castro Garcia was shot and killed in front of a home in the area of 6500 W. Coronado.
**June 12, 2016: At approximately 2:35 a.m., an unoccupied vehicle was shot and damaged in the area of 6200 W. Mariposa Dr.
**June 12, 2016: At approximately 3:00 a.m., Angela Linner, Maleah Ellis, and Stefanie Ellis were shot and killed in front of a home in the area of 6300 W. Berkeley Rd.
[*] The suspect may have access to multiple vehicles which may change but the two best described are a white Cadillac or Lincoln type vehicle and a black late 90’s or early 2000’s 5 Series BMW.
[*] Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480 W-I-T-N-E-S-S. The FBI has added $20,000 to the Silent Witness reward amount which has now been raised to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest of this suspect. I have attached a copy of an updated Silent Witness flyer for your use.
The investigators say they currently have no credible leads and the last known attack was on July 11. They urge anyone with information to get in touch via the number above.