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Phoenix shooting spree likely work of 3rd serial criminal

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Posted: Sunday, July 9, 2006 7:12 am | Updated: 3:46 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

Phoenix police are investigating another series of random shootings but aren’t yet declaring them the work of a third serial criminal. The most recent victims were hit early Saturday morning about 20 minutes apart. No one has been killed, but some of the victims have suffered serious injuries.

The assailant or assailants are believed to be driving around in a vehicle between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. shooting men and women.

There have been 13 victims since May 2. Most were out walking. But one victim was riding a bicycle and another was sitting in a parking lot.

Ashley Armenta, 27, was shot in the head at 2:38 a.m. Saturday while walking at 44th Street and Devonshire Avenue. At 3 a.m., Gary Begay, 31, was walking in the 5000 block of East Van Buren Street when he was shot in the torso.

Police have no suspect or vehicle information to release to the public.

“We have no idea who the suspect is,” Sgt. Andy Hill said. “We’re calling it a series of possibly related shootings.”

Investigators consider these 13 shootings possibly related by method and physical evidence that is not being released, Hill said.

There is no evidence to connect the shootings to two other sets of high-profile crimes in Phoenix.

Police continue to hunt for the Baseline Rapist, who is believed to be responsible for 19 crimes since Aug. 6. The crimes include sexual assaults, robberies, kidnappings and slayings. Thus far, only the five slayings have been connected by evidence, Hill said.

The assailant last struck June 29 when a 37-year-old mother was killed at a carwash at 2924 E. Thomas Road.

Police also are seeking a killer or killers for crimes that began with the shooting of animals and escalated to the random shooting of people. The shootings started May 30, 2005, and four people have been slain.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call (480) 948-6377.

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