The Arizona Republic reporter Megan Cassidy sums up the press conference held at Phoenix police headquarters announcing the arrest of the suspect in the “Serial Street Shooter” case on May 8, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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Phoenix police have arrested Aaron Saucedo in connection with the “Serial Street Shooting” case.
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Phoenix police released this recording of a 911 call made by a victim of the so-called ‘serial street shooter’ in a July 11, 2016, incident — the latest in the string of unsolved shootings.
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Teresa Anderson explains what it’s like to live in the Maryvale area where fatal shootings have occurred. Video by Patrick Breen/azcentral.com
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A 16-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while walking in the 1000 block of East Moreland Street. Police say this shooting is the first in a string of shootings attributed to the Phoenix “serial street shooter.”
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On March 18, about 11:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while standing outside of his vehicle in the 4300 block of North 73rd Avenue. This is a 911 call made shortly after the incident.
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Republic reporters Megan Cassidy and Michael Kiefer talk about a recent update in the “serial street shooter” case. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral.com
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At a press conference held at the Phoenix Police Department, the Mayor of Phoenix and members of law enforcement asked for public help in solving the serial shooter case. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
Tom Tingle/ azcentral.com
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Thomas Braxton, 47, discusses the “serial street shooter” who has been connected to a ninth shooting incident, in the 3000 block of Oak Street. Adrian Hedden/azcentral
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The Phoenix Police Department met with members of the community on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
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Sharon Layton talks about the night Angela Linner, Stefanie Ellis and Maleah Ellis were shot and describes how she and family members tried to help. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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According to police, four shootings committed in west Phoenix are likely connected to the same shooter or shooters. Megan Cassidy and Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral.com
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Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a string of unsolved murders in west Phoenix, including three shootings in the first two weeks of June.
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Reporter Megan Cassidy on Phoenix ‘Serial Street Shooter’ arrest
Phoenix police arrest suspect in ‘Serial Street Shooter’ case
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911 call: The first attack attributed to the ‘serial street shooter’
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‘Serial street shooter’ case
Law enforcement asks for public help in serial shooter case
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Maryvale community meeting
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Monday night was an active one for the Maryvale neighborhood in west Phoenix.
Hundreds of people were outside enjoying the unusually crisp May temperatures by watching baseball games at Marivue Park, playing soccer at the Maryvale Community Center or going for an evening jog around Desert West Park.
Shelia Jackson was pushing her children on the swing sets near the Maryvale Community Center near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road, rotating from child to child and attempting to get them to pump their legs and swing on their own.
Jackson was crunched for time, though, because she wanted to get home before dark.
She’s been doing that since last year, when a string of homicides in the area were attributed to an assailant that police dubbed the “Serial Street Shooter.”
“It was very scary for us, so we never left the house at night,” Jackson said. “We always left during the day where there’s a lot of people out in case there needed to be some kind of help. If you screamed or yelled, somebody would be there for sure.”
The Phoenix Police Department on Monday named 23-year-old Aaron Saucedo as a suspect in the shootings.
Saucedo initially was arrested April 19 in connection with a 2015 fatal shooting that police on Monday added to the series of shootings. He was re-booked into a Maricopa County jail on Monday and is now facing 26 charges related to the serial shootings, which killed nine people, eight of them last year.
The murders were random and usually at night, with several victims slain while sitting in their cars, returning home from work or walking down the street.
That meant that Jackson made some major changes.
“I changed my lifestyle based on that,” she said. “You don’t want to live in fear, and you want to continue doing the things that you want to do, but you know that there’s a little more security around you during the day versus as night.”
Even though she changed her lifestyle because of the shootings, Jackson said she thinks there’s a silver lining to doing all her activities during the day. She gets home at a decent hour at night, allowing her and her kids to enjoy dinner earlier without having to rush, she said.
“We had to take a bad situation and try to do something positive so it does not ruin our life or take control of our life,” Jackson said.
Jackson, who heard about Saucedo’s arrest earlier Monday, said the headlines about the “Serial Street Shooter” have stuck with her since last year, and they aren’t going away just because a suspect is in custody.
“It did take a lot of worry away, but it’s not going to change the way I changed my lifestyle based around it, because you don’t know who else is out there,” she said. “Even if it’s the right one or the wrong one, people are still doing bad things.”
She will always remember the shootings and their effect on her community, Jackson said.
“It’s always going to stick in the back of my head, what happened to those poor people and what happened in their families,” she said. “They’re not going to ever forget what happened, and it’s sad that a person has to go through something like that.”
Even though many of the shootings took place in Maryvale, an area that has historically been plagued with crime and violence, Jackson said no neighborhood is safe because tragedy can strike anytime, anywhere.
She added that people shouldn’t be too quick to judge Maryvale as a bad neighborhood because of the shootings or too quick to judge less-infamous neighborhoods as safe because appearances can be deceiving.
“Keep your mind open; never judge a book by its cover,” Jackson said. “No neighborhood is ever the safest neighborhood to live in. It can happen to anybody anywhere, but it’s up to you to make your neighborhood a good place to live.”
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