iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Authorities in Arizona say they have detained two people of interest for questioning in connection with a spate of shootings that has targeted the heavily-traveled Interstate 10 freeway that runs through Phoenix, leaving commuters terrified for days.
According to ABC News affiliate ABC15.com, officers with the state’s Department of Public Safety surrounded a Chevy Tahoe in a parking lot and then took two individuals into custody.
Investigators said Thursday that they were investigating at least 11 separate shooting incidents along I-10, after they confirmed a bullet hole found in the side of a truck Friday.
Col. Frank Milstead, director of the state’s Department of Public Safety, told ABC News on Wednesday that it was unclear whether all of the incidents are related and also unclear whether all incidents involved bullets.
He classified the incidents as “domestic terrorism,” calling the person or people responsible cowards who are putting innocent lives at risk.
“What I say ‘domestic terrorism,’ I don’t know what else you would call it. When you’re, you know, inflicting terror on a community, what else is it?” he said recently. “These are bad people trying to do harm to good people.”
The department said that the incidents dated back to Aug. 29, 2015 and that every shooting had happened along a short eight-mile stretch of road.
“We have a hard crime to solve because it’s such a large area and there so many different vantage points for someone who wants to do something wrong,” Milstead said.
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