One of two roommates charged in the “Serial Shooter” case denied Sunday that he was a killer but said his buddy might have committed the crimes that terrorized Phoenix. During a jailhouse interview with Mara A. Gottfried of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dale Hausner, 33, said Samuel Dieteman, 30, could have taken Hausner’s car and guns to go on a killing spree. “I am not a monster,” said Hausner, responding to what Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon called the suspects. “I feel very sorry for the families of the people who were hurt, but I didn’t do it.”
Court documents reveal that Dieteman confessed that the two men took turns shooting and killing in what was described as “random recreational violence.” The pair met six months ago, introduced by Hausner’s brother, Hausner said. Now both men are charged in a deadly spree. Six people have been killed and 17 wounded in the Phoenix-area serial shootings. The attacker or attackers apparently chose victims randomly, targeting people walking alone, waiting for a bus or riding a bike.