Police now say 9 killed in serial shootings case

Cheryl Sanders
May 9, 2017

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in series of shooting attacks in Phoenix previous year that left at least seven people dead and two others wounded over a four-month period.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri L. Williams announces, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Phoenix, the arrest of 23-year-old Aaron Juan Saucedo in connection with the serial street shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area over four months in 2016.

But he is alleged to have been involved in a total of 12 shootings.

Saucedo is expected to be charged with at least 26 felonies, including homicide, aggravated assault, and committing a drive-by shooting.

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.

Saucedo was being held on first-degree murder charges in Romero's death when police announced new charges in the serial street shootings case.

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

Saucedo has been in custody several weeks on charges he killed his mother's boyfriend in August 2015, Police Sgt. Jon Howard 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.

All the other killings were random, police said, and Saucedo was not believed to know his other victims, which included a 12-year-old girl.

She credited tips and tireless work by Phoenix police detectives and partner federal agencies for Saucedo's arrest.

Police said the killings were unrelated to a series of 2015 freeway shootings in Phoenix that terrified drivers. Police added that there may be additional victims out there and they are continuing to investigate.

His case was ultimately thrown out however, but investigators still believe he's the culprit. The Associated Press was unable to reach Saucedo's public defender on Monday.

Castro said she was happy a suspect has been arrested but sad because it does not mean her son will come back.

She said she had grown frustrated about being kept in the dark about the investigation.

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

March 17, 2016: A 16-year-old boy was shot and injured while walking in a residential area around 11:30 p.m. The suspect struck again the next day but didn't kill anyone.

July 11, 2016: A vehicle with a 21-year-old man and his 4-year-old nephew inside was shot at.

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