Public safety reporter Megan Cassidy and breaking news editor Lindsey Collom break down some of what was learned when a judge ordered the unsealed Form IV document relating to the case against Aaron Saucedo. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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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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“Serial Street Shooter” case: What’s in the Form IV?
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Aaron Juan Saucedo appears before judge
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‘Serial street shooter’ case
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‘We just don’t know why they did it’
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A court record released Friday offers a glimpse into the sprawling case against Aaron Saucedo, the 24-year-old Phoenix man police accuse of killing nine people between 2015 and 2016.
Phoenix police say Saucedo is the lone “Serial Street Shooter,” a man who hunted his victims in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods at night and seemingly at random. Saucedo has said he is innocent.
The case spanned 11 months, various Phoenix neighborhoods and 12 separate shootings. But the linchpin of the detectives’ case against Saucedo rests on the guns he owned at the time of the crimes, when he bought them and where their bullets ended up.
Though tips from the community initially pointed police in Saucedo’s direction, a newly released probable-cause document spends the bulk of its space describing the suspect’s rotating collection of firearms.
Saucedo has only been charged in one of the 12 suspected incidents, the August 2015 murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Raul Romero. The other victims seemed to be picked at random, and police to date have not offered a motive.
Saucedo was initially arrested in Romero’s murder in April. Police publicly tied him to the 11 other incidents on May 8, but offered scant details on the investigation until Friday.
Here is the most compelling evidence police say they have on Saucedo:
Police said last year that the street shooter would likely be a man with access to several cars. Saucedo was known to drive both a gray Hyundai Sonata and black BMW — two vehicles reported by witnesses at some of the crimes.
Police executed search warrants on the BMW and Sonata, the latter of which had been sold. Fourteen bullet casings were discovered in the Sonata, as well as one in the BMW.
All but one of the casings in the Sonata was fired by a 9mm handgun. Police say that same 9mm handgun was used in nine of the street shooter crimes.
A .380 casing found in the Sonata has been linked to the gun that police say was used to commit one of the first murders in the series.
Guns and pawn shops
Police are tying Saucedo to three different guns and say evidence places them in his possession at the time of all the street shooter crimes.
Pawn-shop records show he purchased a High-Point 9mm gun on July 2, 2015, and sold the same one on Sept. 1, 2015. In the interim, police say that exact weapon fired the casings found at a residence on Aug. 12, 2015, and in the murder of Raul Romero on Aug. 16, 2015.
On the same day he sold the High-Point 9mm, police say, Saucedo purchased the Bryco Arms .380. That gun, according to ballistics tests, was the weapon used to kill Jesse Olivas on Jan. 1, 2016, police say.
Police said Saucedo purchased another 9mm handgun on Feb. 21, 2016, which would have fit the timing of nine other incidents between March and July 2016. It is unclear from the report whether detectives are in possession of this weapon.
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