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Arizona governor: Suspect arrested in Phoenix freeway shootings

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I-10 in Phoenix

PHOENIX — A SWAT team has arrested a suspect in the shootings along a busy stretch of Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix, authorities said.

“We got him! DPS SWAT team is in custody of the individual suspected of I-10 shootings. Apprehended moments ago,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted Friday night.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

The rash of shootings in downtown spawned copycats along roadways elsewhere in Phoenix — presumably by someone trying to emulate the I-10 incidents, authorities said.

Last week, Arizona State Troopers spokesman Tim Case confirmed at least 11 shootings in and around I-10 in less than two weeks, and “numerous reports” of damaged cars.

The first I-10 shootings were reported on August 29, when bullets hit an SUV, an empty commercial tour bus and a passenger car. More shootings followed in subsequent days.

None of the shootings have been fatal. Only one related injury was reported: A girl, 13, whose right ear was cut last month when a bullet pierced the windshield of the SUV she was in.