Odessa, TX – A suspect has been arrested in connection with four shootings that authorities were concerned had been committed by a serial shooter.
In each case, a gunman pulled up next to a stranded vehicle in Ector County and opened fire with a handgun, KWTX reported.
The first three shootings targeting drivers of disabled vehicles happened on Tuesday, WBRC reported.
Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said the first driver was fired upon at about 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 24 at 8th and Grant, according to KOSA.
Another shooting occurred just hours later at about 7:36 a.m. at Interstate 20 and Highway 866.
A third shooting happened in the afternoon of the same day at a Pilot truck stop at Interstate 20 and Meteor Crater Road, KOSA reported.
A man was shot in the abdomen in one of the incidents, but the bullets only hit the vehicles in the other two cases, WBRC reported.
On Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m., there was a fourth shooting with similar circumstances.
The victim was found dead at the scene, WBRC reported.
Sheriff Griffis said before a suspect had been arrested that witnesses had given similar accounts, but their descriptions of the shooter were “fairly different but similar in some respects,” WBRC reported.
“We are actively pursuing this individual; there are multiple agencies involved,” the sheriff told reporters early on Friday. “There have been different weapons used - and all appear to be from a handgun, but of different calibers. All of these incidents have been roadside related. We are asking the public to be cautious, and if you see anything suspicious to call 911.”
“Be vigilant, be aware of where you are,” he continued. “This guy could be targeting people that are in a vulnerable situation.”
The shootings occurred less than four weeks after a gunman went on a shooting spree across Odessa killing seven people and wounding 20 more, according to WBRC.
“I hate ... that this is happening in our hometown. Again. We’re going to get him,” Sheriff Griffis promised.
Late Friday, the Ector County Sheriff’s Office announced that a suspect had been taken into custody, KWTX reported.
“The Ector County Sheriff’s Office believes we have the individual responsible for the recent shootings in the last few days in custody,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “No name is being released at this time.”