Phoenix Police Link 7th Victim to Serial Shooter

After looking at cases since Jan. 1
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2016 5:30 PM CDT
Phoenix Police Link 7th Victim to Serial Shooter
A sketch of the suspect.   (Phoenix PD)

A seventh homicide and three other shootings are related to the same serial shooter or shooters believed responsible for six other fatal shootings in recent months, Phoenix police said Tuesday. The killing of 55-year-old Krystal Annette White is the additional homicide now listed by police as believed to be linked. White was found dead early on April 19 along a street east of downtown after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. That location is miles from the Maryvale area of west Phoenix where the other homicides occurred between April 1 and June 12. The wider geographic spread means all residents should heighten their awareness and be sure to report suspicious activity, said police Sgt. Jonathan Howard.

The additional four incidents were added after investigators reviewed all possibly related incidents since Jan. 1. Evidence includes a suspect description provided by a wounded victim and physical evidence left at scenes, Howard said. He declined to elaborate on the physical evidence but he said the description is of a thin or lanky young man, possibly in his early 20s. He said little more, noting, per the Arizona Republic, "We don't want to influence someone's decision based on their perception of someone's race or age." Howard said the victims all were outside or in a vehicle when shot during hours of darkness but have little in common in terms of age, race, or gender and there's no known motive. (More Phoenix stories.)

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