Phoenix police link seven random gun murders to 'serial street shooter'

Phoenix Police Department has linked four more shooting cases in the area of Maryvale with a series of murders and attacks that started in March in west Phoenix assumed to be actions from a serial killer

Phoenix police link seven random gun murders to 'serial street shooter'

Phoenix police are searching for a serial shooter who has killed at least seven people since April 1.

The assaults, which have left seven people dead and several injured, began in March when a 16-year-old was shot and wounded while walking in the street.

The Phoenix Police Department on Thursday released a new sketch of the shooter in the serial street shootings.

Police released this sketch of a suspect in a series of unsolved homicides that have occurred in west Phoenix.

The City of Phoenix Police Department is now seeking any information about the known incidents and any other shootings that may have been committed by the suspect. Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner called for witnesses to contact law enforcement officials with any information they have about the shootings or the suspect.

Margarito Castro, whose 19-year-old son was among the victims, attended that forum. They said they are not ruling out the possibility that the shooter changed cars. "I remind people that we are a resilient community", District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela told community members.

Witnesses "saw a man leaving the area in a light-colored vehicle moments after the shooting", according to ABC 15 of Phoenix. But after reviewing evidence police say the shooting deaths are linked and are now urging residents to be extra cautious because of the a wider geographical area.

A reward of up to $30,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Horacio de Jesus Peña, 32, was killed in a drive-by shooting while standing outside a residence the night of June 3. The girl's 33-year-old mother, Stefanie Ellis, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. She died of her injuries July 7.

April 1: A 21-year-old man, Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting in his vehicle at 5500 W. Turney Ave. around 9 p.m. "All of these incidents were already under investigation but have now been included in the series of violent crimes previously linked and reported", police said.

Since March, nine people have been shot within about a 50-square mile area of Phoenix. A seventh victim in east Phoenix and three other shootings were linked to the shooter at a Tuesday news conference.

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