Phoenix man identified as 2016 serial street shooting suspect

- Phoenix Police announced that the suspect in 2016's serial street shooting incidents has been identified.

According to police officials, Aaron Saucedo, 23, has been identified as a suspect in connection with the shootings. The announcement was made, during a news conference Monday afternoon that was attended by many public officials, including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

"Our officers did not rest," said Stanton. "Investigators worked every lead ,followed the evidence thorough, had a mission bring this killer to justice and get it right."

The announcement on Monday came, after police received 3,300 tips from members of the public, and Silent Witness will pay $75,000 in reward money.

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The shootings happened in 2016, and according to a Phoenix Police update posted on the department's verified Facebook page on August 3, 2016, at least 9 incidents are allegedly related to the serial street shooter. During the news conference, officials also linked a fatal shooting on New Year's Day in 2016 to the investigation.

According to a statement released by Phoenix Police after the news conference, Saucedo was booked for a total of 12 incidents between August 2015, and July of 2016. With the new addition, the total number of deaths from the serial street shootings now stand at nine.

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On April 25, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams responded to reports that a "person of interest" was identified in the case, and said the department "cannot allow the release of unconfirmed information to jeopardize justice for anyone."

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At the time, sources told FOX 10 Phoenix that a man in custody for a previous murder incident is being looked at as a person of interest in the unsolved shootings, and that there are several coincidences between Saucedo and the serial shooting suspect. At the time, Saucedo was accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend, Paul Romero, in 2015.

Neighborhood residents react to Saucedo's Arrest

Monday's announcement of Saucedo's arrest and linking to the serial street shootings was news that not only the victims' families have been waiting for, but also people who live in the neighborhoods where the shootings took place.

FOX 10 Phoenix spoke with the family members of a 22-year-old man who was shot to death on New Year's Day 2016, whose case is now linked to the serial street shootings. Up until Monday, the case was unsolved.

The victim's family said the man was possibly shot in a drive-by shooting, when he was walking back from feeding the homeless that night.

"There's nothing we can do. We can't bring my brother back," said Hosanna Lopez, who is the victim's sister. "We can prevent it from happening to another family, because it can be anybody else's family also."

People in the neighborhood where the 22-year-old man was shot said they are happy that hard police work have paid off, and that they can rest easy, knowing the person who is allegedly responsible is now behind bars.

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