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Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 12:44 p.m.

Police: Incident reported on U.S. 23 near I-96 not believed to be shooting

By Amy Biolchini


Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw speaks to reporters at the Brighton post of the Michigan State Police. Police now believe something other than a bullet caused a hole in the window of a woman's car on U.S. 23 Monday morning.

Courtney Sacco |

Michigan State Police now say an incident reported on U.S. 23 near Interstate 96 Monday morning is not believed to be a shooting. The report that something hit a car, putting a hole in the front-seat passenger window, had created fears that it was another in a string of I-96 corridor shootings reported this month.

But at a news conference outside the Michigan State Police Post in Brighton, Lt. Michael Shaw said investigators believe a projectile that was not a bullet made the hole. He stressed that police cannot confirm it is not a bullet but said it is likely not connected to the string of shootings.

Shaw said the woman who was driving the car called 911 when she realized there was a hole in her window. He said there were multiple 911 calls at the time of the incident, so he could not provide an exact time. But he said it was about 9 a.m.

Police arrested a man driving a dark-colored Chevrolet Cavalier on U.S. 23 near where the incident was reported. But that arrest was on an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license and was not related to the incident.

Police are investigating a total of 24 shootings on I-96 during October, according to the Detroit Free Press. Two shootings took place on Saturday, when one person was injured. That shooting took place near Fowlerville.

Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the series of shootings. A witness discribed the suspect’s vehicle as resembling a dark 1998 Oldsmobile Alero or a 1998 Toyota Camry.

During the press conference, about 12:40 p.m., Shaw said state police officers were still in the area where the incident was reported Monday morning.

Shaw asked people to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings but not to alter their routines because of the recent incidents. He said he's heard reports that some parents have pulled their children from school. He said there's no reason to do that.

He said a task force set up to investigate the shootings is working around the clock. Police are confident they will find the person responsible. Police have received 600 tips since Oct. 9. A reward of $12,000 has been offered for information resulting in the arrest of a suspect.

State police have increased trooper patrols on I-96. They have concentrated patrols in some areas but Shaw would not specify where. Police ask anyone who sees anything that may be related to the shootings to call 911.



Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:44 a.m.

Definition of Terrorist: a person who terrorizes or frightens others.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:41 a.m.

RJ- Wouldnt a leader of a country say something about a terrorist?


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:24 p.m.

True Blue, how many counties was that cinema in colorado in? back to my original statement, sadly this wont make any big news until we get a killing. just the way this country ticks and how the media gets its kicks, nothing political, just a fact.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:37 p.m.

And it a "world leader" were to say something about this story - which is ENTIRELY centered in a few counties in one of fifty states, what would you (in your "wisdom") have him say? Lighten up on the nutty political hatred and show some concern for your fellow citizens and, just for the heck of it, show some appreciation for the police who're trying to end this threat. :-)

Rod Johnson

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

"Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the series of shootings." Call me crazy, but isn't this about where you would post the sketch?


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:05 a.m.

I hope our state LEO's catch this guy - but real police work takes hours of patrolling and observation and time (and a bit of luck more often than not). I also hope this guy gets to "tell us his story." I'll bet its a whopper; full of interesting "politically inspired" paranoia or vengefulness (you know, the other side is the enemy kind of story). Or maybe he just wants to wake up the other 9 million Michigan citizens of the apocalyptic danger we missed somehow. Somewhere, there's a teacher, a spouse or a neighbor who've noticed this guy's peculiar habits and behavior. I doubt the seeming vagueness and confusion on the part of police is real: they are not going to release information that would tip-off the shooter to what they're doing, what they know, etc. There are very specific reasons for not positively identifying the projectile which put a hole in someone's car window. IMO, this is just another reason to cheer on our law enforcement people. Best of luck, officers: go get him!


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 3:03 p.m.

@DennisP: You're taking my comment way too literally. The shooter's story is of great interest to law enforcement (i.e. the people who're actually working to catch him). It has nothing to do with your estimation or your lack of interest. My comment centers on the police work being done on our behalf. And it's fair to mention that our current version of "politically inspired thought" is so full of suspicion, anger and vengefulness because it triggers some individuals into violence.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

@Bababooey: who cares about the shooter's story (motive)? The police who're trying to catch him are very interested. But maybe you never heard of "motive, method and opportunity" being factors in criminal science. You don't care: which announces your lack of interest, so maybe you should waste less of your time commenting on things you don't care about. :-)


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

@bruno_uno: so what is your motivation in regard to this story? From your posted comment, it's clear you're less interested in seeing our police get this shooter but would rather take this opportunity to take a shot at President Obama. How SICK is that??!! Maybe it's you who should wake up - and get your priorities straight. :-)


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 12:16 p.m.

Who cares about his "story"....lock him up in a dungeon...throw away the key. Let him rot.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:42 a.m.

this is not a best of luck go get him story, wake up people.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 6:17 a.m.

My guess is his story is far less compelling than many may imagine. He's mad at the world for some reason. Maybe he doesn't like the traffic on I-96 and wants to get people off the road. Maybe he just got fired from a job. The Aurora, CO killer has no real compelling story other than being mentally unstable and having some academic problems at college. These kinds of events are unnerving because they are random. Sometimes they stop by themselves--suicide or the person lays low and then it starts up again. All we can hope is that he makes some sort of mistake to reveal himself before another incident ends in tragedy.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 12:46 a.m.

complete insanity...only country in the world where not every police resource, FBI efforts, every media device, cameras, to catch this terrorist 24/7 around the clock. I feel this person(s) is aiming at our children but has not suceeded yet. Wheres Obama? wake up people, this is real.

Tex Treeder

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 12:37 p.m.

This is the same type of reasoning that will sacrifice all of our civil liberties in the name of some nebulously defined "security." I don't love Big Brother that much.

Basic Bob

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:51 a.m.

I don't think the Secret Service would support the President coming to Livingston Co. right now.

Rod Johnson

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

You want Obama to do what exactly?


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

Horrible story but no reason to be scared... Do the math: how many people travel 96 + police presence... Chances of dying in a car accident are still higher.


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

I have seen and had worst happen to me than shootings and car accidents... Why do you think I live in Washtenaw County now?


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

unless it's you

Carrie Moore

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:19 p.m.

I am really glad the police are out there arrested someone for driving on a suspended license and not someone who is shooting at cars!!


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

Carrie any chance you are related in some way to DJ Bud Sonic.......since both of your comments are so outstanding.....


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

Geez Carrie, did you even read the article? The "gentleman" they arrested was pulled over because he was driving a car that matched the description of the suspected shooter. When they stopped him they found there was an outstanding warrant for him so they arrested him. That's what they are supposed to do.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:40 p.m.

... Carrie, they pulled over someone driving a dark car, someone who could have potentially fit the description of the suspect. They are just doing their jobs, and you are in here just assuming things all over the place.

Carrie Moore

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

If they think that someone just got shot at, no they shouldn't be wasting their time pulling over someone else in the same area. Especially if they already know the type of vehicle they were driving and it didn't match that description (this information was given in an earlier article).


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:26 p.m.

So because someone is shooting at cars they should suspend arresting anyone else until they catch him? May they respond to any other 911 calls?


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8 p.m.

Any excuse to make traffic stops, it seems.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:19 p.m.

a very intelligent remark......very intelligent.......well thought out too......


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 6:12 p.m.

Nobody panic.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 6 p.m.

"...investigators believe a projectile that was not a bullet made the hole. He stressed that police cannot confirm it is not a bullet but said it is likely not connected to the string of shootings." This makes no sense. First they say it's not a bullet, then they say they can't confirm it is not a bullet. these are contradictory statements. Can't have it both ways. Let's get a straight answer.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

Actually it says, they *believe* it's not a bullet. Reading comprehension.

Ghost of Tom Joad

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Hey, at least this all led to a deadbeat dad getting arrested. Serendipity, I guess.

Ghost of Tom Joad

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

i was clearly mistaken. I got it from a comment on another article. my bad. either way, serendipity


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 5:38 p.m.

"But that arrest was on an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license and was not related to the incident." Ghost, how did you get that info from the article?