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Posted on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 1:57 p.m.

Police: Potential witness in I-96 shootings contacts task force

By Staff

Michigan State Police said Saturday that the potential witness in the I-96 shootings investigation made contact with officers and they're no longer asking the public to help identify him.

The man - who remains publicly unidentified - was sought after task force investigators obtained his image from a Mobil gas station in Brighton. The photos were taken on Oct. 27, the day that two of the 24 freeway shootings took place.

According to a news release: "He was cooperative and assisted the task force with their investigation. As a result, the task force is no longer seeking information on the identity of this individual."

There have been 24 reported shootings on I-96 since Oct. 16, prompting public concern and a coordinated police response.

Meanwhile, police stepped up patrols on I-96 on Saturday, due to the Michigan State University football team's game against Nebraska in East Lansing. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

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Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 11 p.m.

I'd be on the look out for an off duty police officer.

Richard Carter

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 8:49 p.m.

Apparently not this time.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 4:53 p.m.

Get out the tin foil hats!


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 2:02 a.m.

You laugh...the only people I know that lit off pistols for fun were off duty cops...and they had 9mm's. And it happened enough times that I would be, uh, on the lookout for an off duty police officer.

Laura Jones

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 1:50 a.m.

Right next to the little green men with horns, no doubt,


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 7:31 p.m.

Nothing like a senseless string of random sniping to stir you out of that ol' devil angst, ay?


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

Wish we knew if he gave them valuable information like whether he knows the shooter or did he see the shooter that day! It would be nice if the public knew if they now have a name or something to make us all feel better knowing this may soon come to an end! Or is this guy the guy! Something other than this man came forward would be nice! I know the police have their way of doing things, but people are petrified because of this lunatic!


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 8:24 p.m.

Why all the votes down??