A man was arrested Monday in a string of serial killings that rattled a Phoenix neighborhood past year, marking a major break in a case that involved nine deaths and a dozen separate shootings.
Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested in April and later charged with murder in connection with the first of the killings, which occurred in August 2015, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters at a news conference.
But he is alleged to have been involved in a total of 12 shootings.
The gunman's targets included men, women and children, many of them ambushed near their homes in a working-class neighborhood from August 2015 to July 2016.
The shooter stalked victims after dark, police have said, picking victims who were either outside of their homes or sitting in cars.
The man called "the serial street shooter" usually struck at night, standing outside his vehicle and blasting away with a semi-automatic pistol.
The Phoenix police chief and mayor appeared alongside other top officials including the county's top prosecutor to announce the break in a case that had appeared largely stalled in recent months as leads and tips dried up.
"They had a clear mission: bring this killer to justice and get it right".
Saucedo was first taken into custody on April 19 for the murder of 61-year-old Raul Romero, who was shot multiple times on August 16, 2015 in the driveway of his home, according to ABC15.
Saucedo was being held on first-degree murder charges in Romero's death when police announced new charges in the serial street shootings case.
Police said they have not identified a motive but believe Saucedo acted alone.
Sylvia Ellis, the mother and grandmother of two victims, said she was reeling from news of the charges after the trail seemed to have grown cold for so long.
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Jesse Olivas, 22, was shot dead on the street on January 1, 2016. He killed Manny Castro Garcia on June 10, 2016.
Shots were fired into a vehicle on July 11, 2016; a man and a 4-year-old boy inside escaped unhurt.
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