Police Cite Terrorism in Series of Phoenix I-10 Shootings


A series of shootings over the past two weeks along a busy stretch of Interstate 10 in Phoenix amounts to “domestic terrorism,” Col. Frank Milstead of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. The Washington Post said the shootings started Aug. 29, when a bullet struck an SUV, shattering glass that injured a 13-year old passenger. Someone fired at a bus and a car along the highway that same day. By Tuesday this week, there had been 6 more similar incidents and no arrests or suspects, prompting authorities to hold a press conference and offer a $20,000 reward in the case.

On Wednesday, another shooting was reported on I-10. Again, nobody was hurt. “Anytime you have multiple shootings against American citizens on a highway, that's terrorism” Milstead said. “They're trying to frighten or kill somebody.” The Arizona Republic said the shootings are reminiscent of a deadly 15-month shooting spree that terrorized the Phoenix area a decade ago. During joyrides in 2005 and 2006, Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman targeted 25 people by firing shotguns and rifles from Hausner's car. Eight people were killed. Hausner died in prison of apparent suicide in 2013, and Dieteman is serving a life sentence.

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