I 96 Shooting

October 29, 2012 by  

I 96 Shooting, It appears there was no shooting along a stretch of I-96 that has been targeted by a gunman in a dark sedan for the past 10 days, according to the Michigan State Police. Police shut down the freeway after a 911 call at about 9 a.m. from a woman who believed her car had been hit by a bullet while she was driving on U.S.-23 this morning. But a crime scene lab technician determined it was probably a rock or other item, and not a bullet, said Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw.

Police continue to look for the gunman – believed to be a man in his 30s with stubble and closely cropped hair, driving a dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier. A reward of $12,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

In the past several days, 24 shootings have been reported by police along the I-96 corridor from Oakland County to Ingham County. One person has been hit, Scott Arnold, a 46-year-old plastics salesman who was en route to Saturday’s World Series game in Detroit. The bullet is lodged in his buttocks and likely won’t be removed, he told the Free Press on Sunday.

With a suspect still at large, the woman’s call triggered a wide law enforcement response in the I-96/U.S.-23. Michigan State Police patrols blanketed the area, scouring the highway for a suspect.

At around 10:30 a.m., they spotted Grant Elliott driving his 4-door dark blue 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier southbound in the same area. With similar short, shaved hair and a neck tattoo like the suspect, Elliott, 30, was pulled over by Michigan State Police along southbound U.S.-23 as he headed home from his job building houses. Investigators discovered he had a suspended license and outstanding child support warrants, towed the car and took him in. But he was later released, and is not a suspect, Shaw said.

“He was just kind of caught up in the incident,” Shaw said.

Elliott of Brighton said today was the first he’d heard about the shootings and the situation.

“I feel unfortunate for all the people it’s happening to,” Elliott said outside his home in Brighton after his release. “I don’t watch the news because I don’t care what’s going on out here. I go to work, come home, that’s it.”

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