Shootings along Interstate 10 in the heart of Phoenix AZ, are domestic terrorism being perpetrated by a coward, Arizona Director of Public Safety Colonel Frank Milstead said Wednesday.
“I came literally 24 to 36 inches from losing my life,” said driver Robert Patterson, one of the victims of the shootings.
As of Wednesday, there were 11 incidents in 12 days in which projectiles were fired into cars, mostly along an eight-block section of I-10, Milstead said. Although only one injury has been reported, Milstead said multiple law enforcement agencies have made stopping the spree “Job One.”
“All these actions are potentially lethal encounters. Any time you shoot into a moving vehicle, it has the potential to be a lethal encounter,” Milstead said Wednesday evening. “I think you have to be concerned about safety of yourself and others.”
On Tuesday, an off-duty Phoenix police sergeant was driving to work along I-10 when a projectile shattered the passenger’s side window of his car. Milstead said the officer did not appear to be targeted.
On Tuesday, Milstead had branded the series of incidents, which began Aug. 29, as terrorism.
“Any time you have multiple shootings against American citizens on a highway, that’s terrorism. They’re trying to frighten or kill somebody,” he said.
“This is a cold-blooded crime,” he said Wednesday. “This person is a coward.”
As of Wednesday night, Milstead said there appeared to be multiple weapons involved. In some incidents, bullets struck cars, he said. In others, different projectiles were used, he said. He did not elaborate.
“We will find out who this is and, hopefully, stop them before someone is seriously hurt or killed,” he said.
h/t: NBC News
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