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Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2006 11:25 am | Updated: 3:46 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

Mesa police on Wednesday released the 911 call from a July 22 shooting they believe is linked to the Serial Shooter.

An unidentified man called dispatchers early that morning after he found a bicyclist lying on Stapley Drive, suffering from a leg wound.

“There’s a guy on the street laying down on the middle of the road,” the caller said.

“He won’t get up. He’s hurt.”

On Wednesday, Mesa police released the tape of the emergency call as they investigated whether Sunday’s shooting death of Robin Blasnek at Gilbert Road and Grandview Street also is the work of the Serial Shooter.

During the July 22 emergency call, the unidentified man described the scene near the intersection of Stapley Drive and Brown Road. He also translated for the Spanish-speaking victim, whose name wasn’t released.

“He just heard something, like something firing, something loud,” the caller told a 911 operator.

Mesa police won’t say where on the victim was hit or how many times, said detective Jerry Gissel, a police spokesman.

While Phoenix police have said the Serial Shooter is firing from a vehicle, Mesa police are investigating whether a vehicle was involved in the shootings on July 22 and Sunday, Gissel said.

Gissel said there were no witnesses in the Mesa shootings, and the surviving victim hasn’t provided information to police that points to a suspect.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill told reporters Wednesday that police don’t want to deter tips to police and aren’t releasing profiles of who the criminals might be.

Silent Witness received 7,800 calls last month. There is a $100,000 reward for each of the two serial killers. A recent donation boosted the reward.

So far, police have linked five deaths to the Serial Shooter and eight to the Baseline Killer.

Safety summit

In light of recent shootings, Mesa police will hold hourlong personal safety meetings:

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at three sites: The police department’s Central Patrol Community Room, 120 N. Robson, the Superstition Patrol Community Room, 2430 S. Ellsworth Road, and Dobson Library Community Room, 2425 S. Dobson Road.

• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Mountain Patrol District Community Room, 4333 E. University Drive.

Information: (480) 644-2300, option No. 5

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