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DPS investigating more reports of projectiles hitting vehicles

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DPS said this vehicle window damage from Thursday morning on the Loop 202 is possibly related to the I-10 shootings (Source: KPHO/KTVK) DPS said this vehicle window damage from Thursday morning on the Loop 202 is possibly related to the I-10 shootings (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Troopers and detectives conduct an investigation into a projectile hitting a commercial vehicle. (Source: DPS) Troopers and detectives conduct an investigation into a projectile hitting a commercial vehicle. (Source: DPS)
Troopers and detectives conduct an investigation into a projectile hitting a commercial vehicle. (Source: DPS) Troopers and detectives conduct an investigation into a projectile hitting a commercial vehicle. (Source: DPS)
This picture shows a ding in a semitruck at 67th Avenue and Interstate 10. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) This picture shows a ding in a semitruck at 67th Avenue and Interstate 10. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Authorities are looking at the damage to an armored truck at I-10 and Elliot Road. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Authorities are looking at the damage to an armored truck at I-10 and Elliot Road. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating more incidents involving vehicles being hit by projectiles on Thursday.

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Troopers responded to an incident involving a semitruck at 67th Avenue and Interstate 10 late Thursday morning, and another involving a passenger vehicle at state Route 51 and Shea Boulevard. DPS also is looking at damage to an armored truck at I-10 and Elliot Road.

No further information is available at this time.

These three incidents happened just hours after DPS troopers were called to two other scenes. 

DPS responded to a report of a broken vehicle window that occurred on Interstate 10 in the area of 83rd Avenue around 5:45 a.m. Trooper Tim Case said a projectile shattered a car's driver's side rear window. At this time, it has not been confirmed as a shooting.

The male driver who was on his way to work continued on to Interstate 17 and Thomas Road and contacted DPS.

DPS also is investigating a delayed report of a bullet that struck a commercial vehicle. The driver made the discovery before he took the vehicle out Thursday morning. Detectives were called to the area of 83rd Avenue and Latham Street to investigate the hole found in the side of the truck and determined it was caused by a bullet. It is not clear where or when it happened.

Two vehicles may have also been struck by projectiles on the Loop 202 San Tan near Higley Road on Thursday morning. DPS confirmed that at least one of the incidents is possibly related to the I-10 incidents. The front windshield of a Chevrolet Tahoe was badly damaged when something hit it. The woman who was driving said she was going westbound on the Loop 202 at approximately 9:20 a.m. when it happened.

Authorities have been investigating incidents involving vehicles being hit by projectiles along Valley freeways since Aug. 29. Eight of the projectiles have been confirmed as bullets.

[READ: 11 shooting incidents under investigation by Arizona State detectives]

"It’s a big puzzle," Case said. "We’re trying to put all the pieces together right now to complete it and get a broader view of what’s going on so we can find out the person or persons that are doing this."

In a briefing at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Trooper Case said there have been eleven confirmed freeway incidents since Aug. 29. Seven of those incidents involved bullets and four of them were projectiles. Phoenix police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting the Arizona Department of Public Safety with the investigation.

"This is our top priority in the administration and the top priority of the Department of Public Safety," Gov. Doug Ducey said when asked about the incidents. "I've been personally briefed by Director Milstead yesterday on this. So I'd ask Arizonans to remain alert and aware and we are going to find who's doing this and bring them to justice. Thankfully no one has been injured at this time."

Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line, 602-644-5805.

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