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A killer targeting victims of color remains on the loose, terrifying a small suburban neighborhood outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

On Wednesday, authorities announced a ninth shooting that took place on July 11, when a gunman fired at a man and a 4-year-old boy sitting in a car. Fortunately, both victims survived, NBC News reports.

The town of Maryvale has remained on high alert since March 17, when a 16-year-old boy was fired at while walking down the street. A second shooting just one day later injured a 21-year-old man as he stood near his car.

While those victims did not suffer fatalities, all of that changed on April 1, when Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, 21, a soon-to-be father, was shot and killed directly outside of his pregnant fiancée’s home.

One shooting, which took place on June 12, tragically killed Stefanie Ellis, 33, her 12-year-old daughter Maleah, and their friend, Angela Linner, 31, as they sat outside of the Ellis home. A total of six people have died since March, ranging in ages 12-55.

Authorities have made no arrests and can’t figure out a motive. They say the suspect follows a strikingly similar pattern, targeting victims near their homes or in their cars. Police possess physical evidence linking the incidents together.

After talking with witnesses, police believe the killer may be affiliated with a mechanic or a used car lot. Several cars have been spotted in relation to the shootings, including a white Cadillac or Lincoln, and a late ’90s or early 2000s 5 series BMW.

The Arizona Police Department released a new sketch of the killer, depicted as a Hispanic male in his early 20s. A Silent Witness program is offering a reward of $50,000 to anyone who can provide information that will lead to an arrest or indictment.

“The threat is still alive,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Jonathan Howard told NBC News. “We don’t want to see anybody else get hurt. We want to make an arrest and stop this. We’re fortunate in this new incident that nobody was injured.”

SOURCE: NBC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter


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