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Officials Seek More Tips In Phoenix 'Serial Street Shooter' Case

sketch of a suspect
(Illustration courtesy of the Phoenix Police Department)
Phoenix police have released a sketch of a suspect in a series of shootings that started in March.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined law enforcement authorities Thursday to implore the community for any possible tips on the still-at-large serial shooter.

Authorities said there have been no known incidents since the last confirmed shooting in July, and say the shooter is not confined to one part of the Valley.

The reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest has been increased to $75,000.

Officials from the FBI and the U.S. Marshal Service were also at the news conference.

"We also know that serial killers like to brag about the atrocities that they commit," U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said. "We don't think that this is any different."

Dubbed the "Serial Street Shooter," by police, the gunman is suspected of killing seven and wounding two in nine drive-by attacks since March. Most of the incidents took place at night as the victim was standing or sitting in a car outside a home. They occurred in two mostly Hispanic, working-class areas. In most of the cases, witnesses did not get a good look at the suspect's face or the vehicle leaving the scene.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said anyone with information can remain anonymous, and should not fear retribution based on his or her immigration status.

“Anyone who comes forward to assist with this case whether a witness or a victim, their immigration status will not be considered whatsoever. And I will not accept for charging any case that arises out of someone’s immigration status that was revealed as a consequence of this investigation," said Montgomery.

Authorities say more than 1,500 tips have come in and been investigated so far.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.