Phoenix police announce arrest in serial street shootings

Saucedo's targets included men, women and children, many of them ambushed near their homes in a working class neighbourhood from August 2015 to July 2016.

A judge ordered him held without bail.

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A 23-year-old man in Phoenix, Arizona, has been charged with nine murders which took place last year. Most of the killings happened in a largely Latino neighborhood.

Contrary to earlier reports, police said they had no connection between the Maryvale shootings and the freeway shootings in 2015.

A man was arrested Monday in a string of serial killings that terrified a Phoenix neighborhood previous year, a huge break in a case that involved nine deaths and a dozen separate shootings.

Details of the evidence police gathered implicating Saucedo were not available because a judge temporarily granted a prosecution request to seal records related to his case, court spokeswoman Karen Arra said.

The Maricopa County attorney has not yet decided which charges to formally bring against him. Saucedo knew only the first victim, and the other killings were random, authorities said. Two new murders are linked to the investigation.

Police said would give out a $75,000 reward offered for tips to help solve the case, but declined to say whether the money would go to one person or more people.

At an afternoon news conference, Police Chief Jeri L. Williams said authorities had linked the shootings to Aaron Saucedo, who has been in police custody since his arrest April 19 in the first of the nine killings.

The hunt for the killer yielded more than 30,000 tips, and authorities said it was a tipster who provided the break in the case.

Saucedo has pleaded not guilty in that killing. The Associated Press was unable to reach Saucedo's public defender on Monday.

In the last four months, seven people were shot and killed.

"Now my heart goes out to those families, and I hope they can get justice, too", said Lora Romero.

Saucedo's last suspected victim was Manny Castro Garcia, age 19, a recent high school grad who was shot and killed on June 10, the Arizona Republic reported.

Lora Romero said Saucedo's arrest, while a relief, reopened the wounds of losing her father - a hard-working, generous man who loved to watch football, play softball and tell amusing stories to his kids. "The pain is the same". "I was crying. I was so relieved that my dad was finally going to get justice".

"I'm innocent", Aaron Saucedo, 23, blurted out as a Maricopa County prosecutor was detailing the case against him during the hearing on Monday evening.

The case turned deadly four days later when Romero was murdered in front of his home and the killing resumed in January 2016 when a 22-year-old man was fatally shot in front of his home.

Smith said she had grown frustrated over the past year as detectives kept her in the dark about the investigation. "But they wanted me to find out from them and not the news".

On 17 March, 2016, a 16-year-old boy was shot dead as he walked down the street at 11.30 pm.

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