I-96 Shooter Strikes Fear in Some Fenton Residents

Fenton residents who commute in the area have thought about the danger.

Some Fenton residents have been a little nervous while driving on I-96 recently.

And for good reason.

To date, a total of 22 shootings on the highway have been reported to law enforcement agencies from Commerce to Shiawassee County. There has not been an incident reported since Thursday, Oct. 18, however.

According to the reports, an unknown person has been driving around, along Wixom Road and I-96, shooting at cars with a gun.

Many Fenton Patch readers shared their thoughts on the Fenton Patch Facebook Page recently.

Mary Denning posted, "I drive it 2 times a day. Yes it is a little nervy!"

Janet Gonder said, "little nervous I will be on the road tomorrow."

Adam R. Hazlett posted, "I drive this route to work everyday, and I have thought about it. However, it doesn't particularly scare me. I am more worried about the other drives than some whacko shooting at me."

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office has said they are looking for a vehicle that's dark in color and resembles either a Ford Mustang, Chevy Cavalier, Oldsmobile Alero or Toyota Camry.

The shooter is described as a white male in his 30's.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP, or the Wixom Police Department Detective Bureau at 248-624-6114.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $10,000 reward, in addition to the $1,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for these crimes.

The shootings have had area residents on edge, and school districts in the area, including Huron Valley and Walled Lake, have been on high alert.

The Wixom Police Department has announced that they've identified the bullets used in area shootings last week, and they've been linked to bullets collected from similar incidents in Livingston County.

"The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory has reported that preliminary tests have been completed on the ballistic evidence submitted by the Wixom Police Department and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department," the release states. "The preliminary results indicate that the evidence was fired from the same gun. Additional testing will be completed to determine the gun’s caliber."

Arlene Thatcher October 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM


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