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Suspect nabbed in Mich. shooting spree

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By The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 8:08 p.m.

WIXOM, Mich. — Police who arrested a suspect in a Michigan shooting spree that targeted moving cars and resulted in at least one injury were led to the man's home based on one of thousands of tips, authorities said on Tuesday.

The suspect was taken into custody Monday night in Wixom, the Detroit suburb where the shootings began, a police task force investigating the four-county spree said.

“Why did he do it? I don't know. I don't know if we'll ever know,” said Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.

He said a tip — one of close to 3,000 that have come in — led authorities to the man's home. He declined to disclose what the suspect told investigators.

The task force said in a written statement that the man drove a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect's car provided by a shooting victim. Authorities also seized potential evidence at his home, the task force said.

At least one gun was seized, said Donald Dawkins, Detroit spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The man had not been charged by Tuesday afternoon, and it was not clear when charges might be filed. Local and federal authorities were discussing whether the case should be pursued in state court or federal court. Wriggelsworth said he wanted federal prosecutors to take the case.

The shootings began Oct. 16 and stretched from Oakland County west to Ingham County. The targets in the 24 reported incidents were mostly cars traveling on roads near Interstate 96, which connects Detroit and Lansing. Only a handful of shootings occurred on the interstate.

 

 
 


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