DPS, Phoenix police distribute fliers in freeway shootings case

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DPS spokesman Bart Graves holds up one of the fliers (Source: KPHO/KTVK) DPS spokesman Bart Graves holds up one of the fliers (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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DPS spokesman Bart Graves. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) DPS spokesman Bart Graves. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Authorities announced Tuesday they are beginning to distribute fliers in their latest step to increase awareness of the freeway shootings case.

Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said the fliers are printed in English and Spanish.

“The old fashioned fliers are still relevant today,” Graves said at a news briefing Tuesday afternoon, underscoring the agency's determination to solve the case.

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The fliers contain information about the $50,000 reward and details about the shootings and will be heavily distributed to those living along Interstate 10 in Phoenix and surrounding areas.

Sgt, Trent Crump, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said their Phoenix Neighborhood Patrols would begin distributing the fliers Wednesday at around 8:30 a.m.

Graves said there have been no new shooting incidents along the freeway since Thursday. He noted troopers investigated three reports of broken windshields in the Tucson area late Monday. Troopers determined the damage was caused by road debris.

About 1,000 tips have been received by seven DPS personnel manning the 24-hour tip line at the emergency operations center. Of those, troopers are actively investigating 550 possible leads.

The tip line number is 602-644-5805.

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“As these reports come in, we are triaging these tips depending on how fresh the information is,” Graves said.

He said every tip is taken seriously.

Despite the lull in the shootings, Graves said, “This investigation by no means over.”

“When we do make an arrest, we want to make sure it’s air tight,” he said.

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Phoenix drivers have been unnerved since the shootings began Aug. 29, mostly along Interstate 10, a major route through the city. Many drivers have avoided freeways since then. Eight of the cars were hit with bullets and three with projectiles that could have been BBs or pellets. One girl's ear was cut by glass as a bullet shattered her window.

Authorities have appealed for help through social media, news conferences, TV interviews and freeway message boards, whose messages morphed from "report suspicious activity" to "shooting tips" to the more ominous "I-10 shooter tip line."

Many of the thousands of tips proved to be false leads. In Arizona, windshields are frequently cracked by loose rocks sent airborne by the tires of other vehicles.

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