SLIDESHOW: AZ freeway shootings

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police arrested a man Friday, Sept. 18  in connection with a string of seemingly random freeway shootings in Phoenix, adding that they had linked the man's gun to four of the 11 cars hit.

Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, was arrested at a Wal-Mart in Glendale, a suburb west of Phoenix at about 7 p.m., said Daniel Scarpinato, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey.

Merritt's Facebook page indicated he worked as a landscaper and was a gun enthusiast, but there was no indication as to why he might have been shooting at cars on the freeways.

It wasn't clear who was responsible for the other shootings.

[MAP of freeway shootings; Suspect linked to first four]

"Are there others out there, are there copycats, that is possible. we will continue to investigate," DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead said at the news briefing Friday night.

"Tonight, I cannot give you a whole lot of detail, as interviews and search warrants are underway, but I thought it was important for Arizonans to know the weapon and man that we believe is responsible for starting is in custody," Milstead said.

There is still an active investigation into the other freeway shootings not attributable to Merritt.

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Anyone with information related to any of these incidents is asked to call Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). You also may submit your tip online.

Another option is to call the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center hotline at 602-644-5805. There also is an online submission form for tips.

"Every tip is a potential success," Milstead said.

Continuing Coverage: AZ Freeway Shootings

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