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3 suspects arrested in Arizona slingshot attacks

Posted at 10:55 PM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 22:55:35-04

Three people have been arrested in Arizona for allegedly firing rocks with a slingshot at pedestrians and cars in a case that authorities say is not related to a recent rash of shootings there.

The suspects were caught after they shattered the window of a car and the victims got the license place of the suspects’ vehicle, according to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He said the suspects have admitted to shooting at six pedestrians and some seven vehicles within four hours Saturday afternoon.

The suspects, all 18, were booked on criminal damage and conspiracy, said Col. Frank L. Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. They were not identified by name.

The news came as authorities were working to solve the string of shootings along a busy stretch of Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix and elsewhere in the Arizona capital.

State troopers spokesman Tim Case has acknowledged at least 11 confirmed shootings in and around Interstate 10 in less than two weeks. None of the shooting has been fatal, and the last one was Thursday.

“I need people to stay vigilant, continue to report crimes,” Milstead told reporters Sunday. “We have a $20,000 reward and somebody out there knows something, and I need to know what they know.”