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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2006 6:07 am | Updated: 3:46 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

There is no third suspect in a yearlong string of shootings in which two Mesa men are charged, authorities said Wednesday after some Valley media outlets raised the question in published and broadcast reports.

Media outlets based their stories on a Glendale police report in which a confidential informant said Samuel J. Dieteman, now a suspect in the serial shootings, told her he shot a bicyclist near 89th Avenue and Camelback Road with a man named Lenny.

Both Dieteman and Dale S. Hausner are charged with two counts of firstdegree murder, 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder and 16 counts of drive-by shooting in connection with a spree that police say could include 37 incidents and seven deaths.

Tom Mangan, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said investigators discovered Lenny has been in jail since March.

Shootings in that area occurred in May, according to Phoenix police.

“We’re very confident the two individuals we have are the shooters,” Mangan said.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said that “there are no additional suspects,” but that a task force continues to follow up on leads.

The Glendale police report pertains to two Wal-Mart fires that Hausner and Dieteman are suspected of starting June 8. Police spokeswoman Jackie Cole said “there are some interpretation issues” of the report by the media.

“Some of the things I’ve heard and seen on the news don’t seem to be consistent with the report,” Cole said.

The report obtained by the Tribune on Wednesday is heavily redacted, but Dieteman is identifiable in it by a reference to a tattoo.

Dieteman has made incriminating statements about the shootings to police, court records show, but Hausner has denied involvement and told reporters he blames Dieteman for the crimes.

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