Reporter Megan Cassidy speaks with community activists Lydia Hernandez and DeeDee Garcia Blase, who are seeking more information regarding the arrest of Aaron Saucedo, suspected in the “Serial Street Shooter” case. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Phoenix police have arrested Aaron Saucedo in connection with the “Serial Street Shooting” case.
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Mo Money Pawn Shop requires an extensive background check in order to purchase a gun. General manager Byron Vaughn explains a typical situation at the shop, where police say the “Serial Street Shooter” suspect sold a gun. Yihyun Jeong/azcentral.com
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Aaron Juan Saucedo, the man identified by police as the suspected “Serial Street Shooter,” tells a judge he is innocent during an initial appearance on May 9, 2017, in Phoenix.
Maricopa County Superior Court
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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 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
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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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Maryvale activists speak about the ‘Serial Street Shooter’ case
Phoenix police arrest suspect in ‘Serial Street Shooter’ case
Background check for guns at Mo Money Pawn Shop
Aaron Juan Saucedo appears before judge
Reporter Megan Cassidy on Phoenix ‘Serial Street Shooter’ arrest
911 call: The latest Phoenix ‘serial street shooter’ victim calm after shooting
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911 call: The first attack attributed to the ‘serial street shooter’
911 call: The second ‘serial street shooter’ incident
‘Serial street shooter’ case
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‘We just don’t know why they did it’
Police: 5 west Phoenix homicides likely connected
Phoenix police seek public help to solve string of murders
Phoenix police had been eyeing Aaron Juan Saucedo as a suspect in the “Serial Street Shooter” investigation for nine months before he was officially tied to the case on May 8, threading together a web of information including witness statements, ballistics evidence and surveillance footage, a previously withheld court record shows.
Fifteen shell casings were found in two vehicles that Saucedo had been driving. Police say they have since linked them to the spree of unsolved murders that have rattled Phoenix for months.
Acting on a judge’s recent order, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Friday filed a redacted version of a public record, that until then, had been sealed by the court.
The record, known as a Form IV, offers the first glimpse at the investigation that tied 24-year-old Saucedo to one of Phoenix’s most prolific killing sprees — nine homicides in a matter of 11 months.
TIMELINE: Phoenix ‘Serial Street Shooter’ case
Police offered scant investigative details when they announced Saucedo’s arrest, only divulging the types of evidence that they say tied him to the crimes.
The newly released court record states that two witnesses initially brought Saucedo to detectives’ attention on Aug. 7 and Aug. 31. The witnesses said Saucedo looked similar to the composite image police had recently circulated of the suspected shooter. They also noted he recently stopped driving a black BMW after police said the killer had been driving a similar car, and that Saucedo had begun growing out facial hair.
The document additionally filled in details on ballistic links to the case. On April 22, an unnamed witness turned over a handgun that Saucedo’s father had confiscated from him “for safety concerns.” The handgun was said to be a Bryco Arms .380 caliber, which police say later was forensically linked to the shooting death of Jesse Olivas.
The Form IV also revealed that 14 shell casings found in a 2003 Hyundai Sonata that Saucedo owned at the time of the murders was later forensically matched to casings found at nine of the crime scenes.
Police said Saucedo admitted to detectives that he drove a black 2001 BMW 5401 between May and August 2016, a car that was consistent with video footage from the final incident.
To date, Saucedo has only been officially charged with one of the homicides. Police are additionally recommending the following charges:
- First-degree murder, eight counts.
- Discharging a firearm at a residence.
- Drive-by shooting, six counts.
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts.
- Attempted first-degree murder, three counts.
- Aggravated assault causing serious physical injury, two counts.
- Discharging a firearm at a non-residence.
- Criminal damage.
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