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    Police release sketch in random car shootings

    Monday, October 22 2012 10:16 AM EDT2012-10-22 14:16:33 GMT
    Police released a sketch Sunday of a suspected shooter they believe is randomly firing at cars. So far, no one's been hurt. But, police want to stop the shooter before he strikes again.
    Police released a sketch Sunday of a suspected shooter they believe is randomly firing at cars. As many as 16 incidents have been reported in three counties. So far, no one's been hurt. But, police want to stop the shooter before he strikes again.

Update: Wednesday 10/24

A $12,000 reward is now being offered as a team of law enforcement officers works to arrest a man suspected of firing shots at motorists in four Michigan counties. 22 shootings, mostly involving vehicles on the road, have been confirmed but no injuries have been reported. 7 of the shootings have been linked to the same weapon according to the Oakland County Crime Lab.

Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan added $1,000 to the reward on Wednesday increasing the total. Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

By Maurielle Lue
FOX 2 News Reporter


PONTIAC, Mich. -- Police now say there is a link between some of the several recent shootings that have left people on edge.  So far, 22 apparently random shootings, many involving vehicles on the road, have been confirmed in four counties, and police believe there could be more.

"Statistically, the chance of them running into this person is pretty low, even if the person goes back out," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

The shootings are in such a widespread area, police say you're likely not in any danger, but follow these tips.

Police say be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and leave if you feel uncomfortable.  Never confront a dangerous person, and don't hesitate to call 911.

Forensic specialists at the Oakland County Crime Lab have now connected a number of recovered fragments and spent rounds.

"We've now tied together seven of the different cases to be from the same handgun," Bouchard said.

Six of the seven are from Wixom shootings.  The other is from Livingston County.  They are the only cases forensically tied through evidence.

From October 16 at 6:00 p.m. to 6:40 on October 18, there were 22 shootings.  Ten of the twelve shootings in Oakland County happened in Wixom.  There were seven shootings in Ingham County, one in Livingston County and two in Shiawassee County.

"I don't think he's intending to miss people.  Obviously, there's a very dangerous intent.  We've had people missed literally by inches, so by the grace of God we haven't had somebody hurt or killed, not by the skill set of this person," Bouchard remarked.

No injuries have been reported, but a multi-jurisdictional task force is now looking for a white male believed to be in his early thirties with close cropped hair and stubble on his face.  The description was given to police by a victim in Ingham County.

The task force is now investigating more than 200 new tips and possibly new victims.  Police are talking to a woman whose windshield shattered while she was driving on I-96 near Wixom Road.  She could soon be the 23rd victim, and police expect there could be more.

Bouchard is saying that people who heard a loud noise while they were in their car and perhaps thought nothing of it are now going back to check and are reporting bullet holes.  That's why police expect the official victim count to climb.

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