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Lead Investigator In Series Of Phoenix Street Shootings Holds Public Q&A

Phoenix Police Lt. Ed DeCastro
(Photo by Matthew Casey - KJZZ)
Phoenix police Lt. Ed DeCastro speaks to the public during a meeting on the serial street shooter at the Mountain View Precinct. DeCastro is leading the investigation.

Phoenix police say they’re searching around the clock for a serial street shooter who’s responsible for seven murders, and the man leading the investigation took questions from the public Tuesday night at the Mountain View Precinct in northeast Phoenix.

Investigators at first focused their efforts on the west Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale. But they’ve since identified three shootings that occurred in east Phoenix, including the most recent incident on July 11.

The attacks still appear random, said Phoenix police Lt. Ed DeCastro, who is leading the investigation.

“We haven’t been able to connect any of these victims in any way at this point,” DeCastro said.

Phoenix police continue to work with federal law enforcement agencies. But DeCastro thinks the public will ultimately help break the case.

“It’s really going to come down to a tip and something that you guys can bring to us,” DeCastro said.

Investigators have received about 1,200 tips through Silent Witness. The reward for information leading to an arrest is $50,000.

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Anyone with information in the case should call 480-948-6377.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.