DETROIT – Authorities temporarily closed a stretch of highway in Detroit on Monday to search for shell casings or other evidence in the apparently random shooting of four vehicles last week.
About two miles west of Interstate 94 on Detroit’s east side was shut down as police searched for clues that could lead to an arrest in the Thursday shootings, which wounded a driver who was shot in the leg. Police dogs are also used to find shell casings, state police Lt Michael Shaw said.
“For us, this is basically our last opportunity to take a walk by there to make sure that we do everything to ensure that we don’t miss,” Shaw said, noting that it would probably be the last search of the roads, because the snow was expected and would need to be plowed.
Police called off a planned search on Monday of a part of the I-96 on the city’s west side, where two of the shootings took place as a result of the snow and the safety.
Researchers have said that they believe the shootings are linked. But Shaw said the researchers do not believe that they are dealing with a situation in which two dozen vehicles were made along the I-96 and nearby roads between Lansing and Detroit over a period of three days in 2012.
An area that is the man, Raulie Casteel, of Wixom, was sentenced in 2014 to the prison on terrorism and weapons charges for these attacks and it is also where time for a related case in Oakland County. Attorney Doug Mullkoff, said the geologist was mentally ill and is “very alarmed” at the time of the shooting.
“That was multiple shooters on multiple days in multiple locations,” Shaw said. “This is a incident that involved four victims.”
The motives behind the Detroit shootings can be varied and include someone who is “angry at the world for about a half an hour,” Shaw said.