Phoenix police assisted by the FBI are currently looking for a serial terrorist who has targeted random people for murder in the west end of metropolitan Phoenix AZ. Frustrated with Chasing numerous leads that so far has not panned out, authorities provided new details today that they are praying will lead to the public’s help in finding a suspect or suspects that have continued to elude them.
The first murder occurred on April 1, 2015 and the most recent on June 12, at least seven people have been murdered in eight separate shootings after dark in the city’s Maryvale area.
“These incidents involve somebody intent on doing harm,” Sgt. Jonathan Howard told ABC News today. “In all of these instances, or in the vast majority of the instances, witnesses are reporting that the man was out of his car. This isn’t an opportunity where he’s driving down the road, at a distance without personal interaction, shooting a gun. This is a guy who’s getting out of his car and walking over, getting close.”
Authorities said the deceased now include three women, three men and a 12-year-old girl, the youngest victim. On Tuesday, Phoenix police linked the April shooting death of 55-year-old Krystal Annette White to the unexplained murders.
The Phoenix Police Department also announced recently that they now believed a 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man who were wounded in separate shootings on March 17 and March 18 were also tied to these horrible murders.
It is unclear whether the victims are targeted randomly and if their only connection to each other is that they are African American. Additionally, although the authorities are not 100% sure, the killer or killers sought in this matter, may be responsible for as many as 61 other unexplained murders in the Phoenix area.
Maleah Ellis, 12, was with her mother, Stefanie Ellis, 33, and mother’s friend Angela Linner, 31, on June 12, when they were brutally and with no warning gunned down in front of their home as they sat in a car just listening to music, police said.
Witnesses saw a man leaving the area in a light-colored car moments after the shooting, according to KNXV. No known incidents have taken place since then, police said.
The Authorities on June 13th released a composite sketch of the suspect with the help of an eyewitness to the Ellis murders.
Police officials released a sketch of a possible serial shooter they think is responsible for shooting several people in the Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona, July 12, 2016.
Maleah’s grandmother told ABC News that she had no idea the girl was even in the car when the shots rang out.
“I was not aware that she was in the car with them,” Sylvia Primous-Ellis, 65, said. “The last time I saw her before I went to bed that night she was laying on the loveseat sound asleep. That was 10:30 at night.”
She said that Maleah and her mother were inseparable. She said Stefanie Ellis liked to hang out in her car as she sat in the driveway outside their home, listening to music or taking a call on her cellphone. Sylvia Ellis said that Linner was like a daughter to her and she had known Stefanie for 10 years.
Sylvia Ellis said today that her granddaughters were in the house at the time of the shooting.
“They heard the gunshots and everything,” Sylvia Ellis said. “She didn’t know when he finished out here, if he was headed toward the house. … This is what she thought.”
The Phoenix Police Department is reaching out to the community for tips regarding the shootings and has offered a reward of $30,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
The volunteer patriot group of Guardian Angels, have been going door to door trying to inform the public of what is going on while patrolling neighborhoods to help to keep people safe. Mike Churchill, a local leader of a Phoenix branch of the volunteer patriot group said that, “It is very frustrating because I know if he is not caught, he is going to kill again.”
If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Phoenix Police Department at(602) 223-2365.