24th Case Confirmed In Columbus Highway Shootings


The serial highway shooter near Columbus, Ohio, is becoming bolder while evading capture in the three months since investigators first established a pattern, reports the Associated Press. “He’s sending a message to police: ‘You’re not as close as you think you are. I can shoot in broad daylight, and you still won’t find me,'” said criminologist Jack Levin of Northeastern University.

Last Saturday, one day after authorities said they were closing in on the shooter, a man stood in plain view on an overpass and fired a handgun at cars below. He then walked to his car and slipped into traffic. Ballistics testing confirmed the shooting was the 24th in a series in the Columbus area. No one was injured.

The bullet recovered from a sport utility vehicle struck on Interstate 70 matches eight others recovered during the investigation, including the one that killed a woman in November. The shooter escaped Saturday even though police aircraft were dispatched within moments of the victim’s cell phone call. The shooter appeared “casual” and indifferent to witnesses, an official said.

Link: http://www.cleveland.com/columbusshootings/index.ssf?/news/more/ap/02shoot16.html

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