Officers step up efforts to make arrest in I-10 freeway shootings

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department are taking their quest to find the I-10 freeway shooter or shooters to the doorsteps of Valley residents.

Tuesday morning, Phoenix police officers went door to door in the neighborhoods immediately bordering the I-10 where confirmed shootings have occurred, handing out fliers with reward information, and numbers to call to report a tip.

"It gets people talking about this going on, affecting their areas. This is a community-wide problem and that's why we feel this is so important to get this word out, door to door," DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

The same message is also more prominent along some of the Valley's freeways.

DPS announced that 16 electronic billboards around I-10 and I-17 will now display the plea for information and the $50,000 reward.

"That is an indication that people should still be concerned, and our investigation continues," said Graves.

He also reiterated what the DPS Director said on Monday, that solving this case is their top priority.

The last confirmed shooting related to the case happened nearly a week ago on September 10 and DPS said they would like to keep it that way.

Many of those who received fliers on Tuesday said they appreciated the efforts.

"Seems like they are a little more into the investigation part of it than, I guess, just lip service or what you see on TV or read in the newspaper. They're actually wanting to catch these people and keep us safe," Manuel Martinez said.

As for their methodology, the door to door approach was also met with a positive response.

"You can sit back and be reactive and wait for something else to happen, or you can be proactive and go out into the community and, you know, keep people aware of what's going on and maybe they'll get lucky," said Tony Scalcucci.

Phoenix police handed out between 7,000 and 8,000 fliers today Tuesday a majority of those going to a school district. 

Both the fliers and the billboard time were donated to DPS, they said, as a "public service."

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