Police Arrest Suspected Serial Shooter in Phoenix Who Killed Nine

Jeannette Daniel
May 10, 2017

One of the nine people was a 61-year-old man killed in August 2015 whom Saucedo knew through his mother.

From August 2015 to July 2016 the shootings terrorized the largely Hispanic community in Maryvale in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Today (Monday) is a good day in the city of Phoenix.They had a clear mission, bring this killer to justice and get it right", said Mayor Greg Stanton, praising the law enforcement task force that hunted the shooter for almost a year.

The so-called Serial Shooters randomly targeted pedestrians; Dale Hausner killed himself while in prison, and Samuel Dieteman is serving a life sentence. "'We hope that our community will rest a little easier and that our officers will get a little more sleep knowing that the wheels of justice are finally in motion, ' she said".

Phoenix police said the shootings in the Phoenix neighborhood were not related to 2015 highway shootings in the Phoenix area.

Since that time, Saucedo has been implicated in the death of 22-year-old Jesse Olivas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting on January 1, 2016.

Aaron Saucedo, 23, was already in custody for a 2015 slaying when he was arrested May 8.

The suspect then went on a killing spree from March of previous year through July, police said.

His death was followed by the June 12 triple homicide of Angela Linner, Stefanie Ellis and her 12-year-old daughter, Maleah Ellis, who were all fatally shot while listening to music in Stefanie's driveway, according to the Arizona Republic.

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Nobody was killed in those shootings, in which about a dozen vehicles on the interstate outside the city were shot between August 29 and September 10.

The Arizona man accused of a string of street shootings in Phoenix is maintaining his innocence. But police on Monday said they had tied Saucedo to nine killings in all - eight random victims and one man that he knew.

Police have not offered a motive in the street killings.

Castro said she was happy a suspect has been arrested but sad because it does not mean her son will come back.

"I'm innocent", Aaron Saucedo, 23, blurted out as a Maricopa County prosecutor was detailing the case against him during the hearing on Monday evening.

The weapon was the same type used in the freeway shootings - a High-Point 9mm pistol - but authorities say Saucedo had nothing to do with that case.

"I was just in shock", she said.

They allege Saucedo's crime spree began on March 17, 2016, when a 16-year-old boy was shot and injured as he walked down a street.

The last shootings in the alleged spree occurred on July 11, when someone opened fire on a 21-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy as they were sitting in a vehicle, according to Phoenix police.

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