Phoenix police release statement on 'Serial Street Shooter'

- Police have released a statement on their ongoing investigation into the "Serial Street Shooter" incidents.

In the statement, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams speaks of reports that a "person of interest has been identified" in the case and that the department "cannot allow the release of unconfirmed information to jeopardize justice for anyone."

The serial shooting suspect is wanted in a series of nine shootings that left seven people dead. The incidents took place between March 17 and July 11 of 2016.

Sources have 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, but Phoenix Police did not confirm whether the recent arrest is connected.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams' statement did not answer any lingering questions, now did she confirm or deny that a person of interest in the serial street shooting investigation is now under custody. There are, however, several coincidences between 23-year-old Aaron Saucedo and the serial shooting suspect, who is still unidentified.

Saucedo was arrested on April 19, accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend in 2015. Phoenic Police did not confirm, on record, that he is a person of interest in the serial shooting case. Sources, however, are telling FOX 10 Phoenix that police are waiting for ballistics and DNA Test results.

People who live near Saucedo said they often saw him drive a Black BMW car, which was towed from a house last week by Phoenix Police. That Black BMW also matches the description of the Black BMW that is connected to the Serial Street Shooter.

Police also said the gun Saucedo allegedly used to kill his mother's boyfriend was also part of the 2015 Freeway shooting investigation. The formerly accused Freeway Shooter, Leslie Merritt, Jr., owned the same type gun, described as a 9mm hi-point weapon, and sold it to the same pawn shop.

Both guns were at the pawn shop, and seized by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) as part of the I-10 Freeway Shooting investigation. DPS officials now say Saucedo's gun is not linked to the Freeway Shootings. THe gun was returned to the pawn shop, and sold a year later. The gun was tracked down, and its new owner turned over the gun to detectives.

Ballistics experts reportedly matched Saucedo's gun to shell casings found at the Romero murder scene, which led to Saucedo's arrest last week.

Sources told FOX 10 Phoenix investigators hope to have lab results by the end of the week.

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