So far, the only injury involved a 13-year-old girl, whose ear was sliced two weeks ago by glass shards after a bullet struck the windshield of the SUV she’d been riding in.
But hysteria surrounding the rogue shooter reached a fever pitch this week with news of an 11th shooting—channeling jitters from over a decade ago when theBeltway Snipers, made up of a deadly duo, slayed or injured 27 bystanders on highways around Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. before they were caught and convicted.
“It is just a matter of time, if this behavior continues, that we will have tragedy on our roadways,” Col. Frank Milstead of Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) warned during a recent press conference.
The DPS has recorded at least 11 confirmed shootings since Aug. 29 along major highways—including I-10, which runs east to west and I-17, which stretches from north to south.
The colonel called the attacks “domestic terrorism” and appealed to tipsters to come forward. He also warned the public about the severity of the threat. “If you drive that stretch of roadway be vigilant,” he said. “Under these type of circumstances be hyper-vigilant.”
It’s a command that Tony Rowley, aka “Bolt,” took to heart. Decked out in head-to-toe black SWAT attire and holstering a loaded .9mm pistol in broad daylight, Bolt and his teammates on the vigilante “Bolt Force” started casing a particular patch of the eight-mile stretch along the I-10 freeway, where the bulk of bullets have been sprayed over the past couple weeks.
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