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Authorities Say Man They Arrested is Prime Suspect in Random I-96 Shootings

Law enforcement searches the home/ from WXYZ video

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mi. — Authorities said today that a 43-year-old man they arrested last night in Wixom, a suburb of Detroit, in connection with the I-96 shootings is a prime suspect and could be charged, possibly tomorrow.

“The arrest was the result of the information received during the investigation over the past few days,” said Donald Dawkins, a spokesman for ATF in Detroit. “The task force members arrested the suspect at this residence and potential evidence has been seized during his arrest and will be evaluated by our crime labs.”

Since mid-October, a task force has been on the hunt for a phantom shooter that has been randomly shot at 24 people, mostly in cars along the I-96 corridor in Oakland, Ingham, Shiawassee and Livingston counties. Only one person has been wounded.

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Column: Suburban Detroit’s Phantom Shooter Triggers Memories of My Days in D.C. and the Beltway Snipers

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– A week ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in suburban Detroit spoke about some crazed person who’s been going around shooting at cars.

What struck a chord with me in particular is what he said about D.C. : “We don’t want anything to develop that certainly developed in the Washington area and paralyzed that area, rightfully so and understandably so for a long time.”

I was living in Washington in October 2002 when two snipers killed 10 people and seriously wounded three others in the region. People were terrified, afraid to fill up their gas tanks. People were afraid to sit near the window at the place I got my haircut at on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, just north of Georgetown. In public, you were really forced to be little paranoid.

Thankfully, in this case here, no one has been hurt so far. But the potential is certainly there. Some bullets have come awfully close in the 22 incidents that were reported last week in Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties. Most involved the gunman shooting at cars.

John Allen Muhammad

Hunting for shooters like this can be a daunting task. In the D.C. case, scores of FBI, ATF and Secret Service agents and deputy U.S. Marshals were on the hunt, along with police departments including D.C., Prince George’s and Montgomery County.

The ordeal lasted about three weeks. It was a long three weeks.

I worked day and night on the story as a reporter for the Washington Post — along with about 30 other reporters. Day and night authorities tried to figure out who was doing this.

There were blunders on the part of law enforcement. There were false assumptions. There were little turf battles. But there was also some first-rate investigative work.

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