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ATF and FBI team up to offer big reward for I-96 shooter

Westbound I-96

With more than two dozen apparently-related shooting incidents along the Interstate 96 corridor in Michigan since the middle of October, federal law enforcement agencies pooled their resources to offer over $100,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Detroit Field Division, and the FBI’s Detroit Division said on Oct. 29 that each agency would contribute $50,000 to the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the I-96 corridor shootings.

In addition to the ATF/ FBI reward, the Crime Stoppers organization is offering an additional $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction, bringing the total reward up to $102,000.

Since Oct. 16, said the ATF, 25 shooting incidents have occurred along the highway, with the most recent shootings occurring on Oct. 27. A man driving eastbound on I-96 from the Kalamazoo area to attend the World Series game in Detroit was injured in that incident, said the AFT, adding that it was the first injury associated with the string of shootings.

The shootings along the route have rattled residents and travelers since mid-October. I-96 runs east/west across Michigan. Reports of shootings have come from the towns of Wixom, Livingston, Walled Lake, as well as Ingham and Oakland counties. News reports have quoted investigators saying the suspect is a man in his 30's driving a dark-colored four-door, 10 to 12-year-old car similar to an Oldsmobile Alero or Toyota Camry. Reports have also quoted investigators as saying the shots have been fired at vehicles head-on from the opposite lane of traffic.

 “These senseless shootings must be stopped,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge David McCain. “This individual has no regard for public safety and is attempting to cause injury and fear to citizens that utilize I-96 on an everyday basis,” he said. McCain said the shootings are now the ATF’s Detroit Field Division’s top priorities.

“These acts of violence pose a serious threat that is being answered by numerous law enforcement agencies including the FBI,” said FBI special agent in charge Robert Foley. “The FBI continues to provide resources in order to facilitate apprehension and remains committed to supporting the task force,” he said.

These shooting incidents are being jointly investigated by six local Michigan police departments along the highway corridor, as well as state and federal agencies.


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