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Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2006 11:47 pm | Updated: 3:46 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

Phoenix police say there is no third suspect in the serial shooter cases in which two Mesa men have been charged. Some Phoenix media outlets reported that there may be a third suspect based on a Glendale police report documenting arson at two Wal-Marts.

But Glendale 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. Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said a task force is still investigating the spree of shootings, which may have begun as long ago as May 17, 2005, and investigators will follow where the leads take them. "At this time there are no additional suspects," Hill said. "However, we are continuing to follow up on numerous leads."

Dale S. Hausner, 33, and Samuel J. Dieteman, 30, were arrested Friday at their Mesa apartment and charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder, 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder and 16 counts of drive-by shooting.

Dieteman has made incriminating statements to police, court records say, but Hausner has denied involvement and blamed Dieteman. In all, police say there are 37 shootings of people and animals that may be connected to the pair. Dieteman and Hausner are also suspected of setting the two Wal-Mart fires June 8 in Glendale.

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