Phoenix serial shootings: Suspect accused of killing nine people identified

Phoenix serial shootings: Suspect accused of killing nine people identified

Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, killed nine people in 12 different incidents, Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a news conference.

Williams announced Saucedo has been linked to eight other shootings, bringing to nine the total number of killings investigators linked to him.

He faces 26 felony counts of homicide, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting related to 12 attacks, which took place between August 2015 and July 2016.

Investigators initially believed a serial shooter was responsible for seven deaths previous year, but in recent weeks they determined two other victims - the one killed in August 2015 and another person slain in January 2016 - were shot by the so-called "serial street shooter" who they believe to be Saucedo.

The killer was dubbed the Serial Street Shooter.

"They had a clear mission: bring this killer to justice and get it right".

Police say it appears Saucedo didn't know any of the victims except for his mother's boyfriend, Raul Romero, who was found shot to death in his driveway.

Aaron Saucedo, 23, has been arrested in the "Serial Street Shooter" case.

They also tied Saucedo to the January 2016 murder of 22-year-old Jesse Olivas - and seven other fatal shootings already identified as part of the pattern, police said.

The relatives of two victims in a serial shooting case that Phoenix police say they've solved say they're relieved but hurting emotionally.

But in a unusual quirk, the Department of Public Safety said Saucedo's gun from the killing of his mother's friend had been test-fired as part of the freeway shooting probe.

Records show Saucedo was pulled over for allegedly running a red light on October 27, 2015, just a month after the first killing. Two new murders are linked to the investigation.

"The fact of them finding somebody, at least it was some type of news", Smith said.

The next shooting didn't happen until April 1, 2016, when Verdugo-Sanchez was fatally shot.

Stefanie Ellis, 33, her 12-year-old daughter, Maleah, and a friend, Angela Linner, 31, were killed outside their home on June 12, 2016.

Castro Garcia, 19, was killed on June 10, 2016.

In the most deadly single attack, two women and a 12-year-old girl were shot to death in front of a home before dawn on June 12, 2016, police said.

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