A Michigan highway sniper has been targeting motorists on two southern Michigan freeways, police said. Highway and sky patrols have been actively looking for the shooter. No one has been reported as injured, but police are urging the public to remain cautious.
Reports Fox News on August 29: “Authorities are investigating a possible highway sniper in Michigan. Police say there have been a number of reports of objects hitting vehicles along I-69 and I-94 this summer. A report filed on Aug. 19 led police to uncover several similar incidents that have taken place since late July.”
A total of seven drivers have stepped forward to show that their vehicles have been struck with what appears to be bullets. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office said forensic and ballistic tests have confirmed the damage to all vehicles is “consistent with a bullet.”
This is not the first time someone in Michigan has terrorized drivers. Police have now reached out to investigators who handled the case of 44-year-old Raulie Casteel, a father of four who is serving 18 to 40 years behind bars for taking sniper shots at cars in Oakland, Livingston, Shiawassee and Ingham counties.
Over the course of two days in October 2012, Casteel was found to have shot 23 cars on the I-96 southeastern Michigan highway corridor. No one was seriously injured in the shootings, but the incidents dominated headlines and forced travelers off the road and dozens of schools to close.
Casteel was diagnosed with delusional disorder, and testified to his belief that other drivers were in collusion with the government. Casteel, an unemployed geologist, thought his former company was collaborating with the U.S. Army to prevent him from finding work, that the government had installed listening devices in his phones, and that helicopters flying over his house were monitoring his movements.
He testified that the government used “advanced technologies” to cause his wife to have a miscarriage and his daughter and cats to fall ill. Casteel also believed the Detroit Tigers broadcast team was trying to send him warning messages on television.
Casteel’s attorney, Charles Groh, said Casteel was “chasing demons.” In court at the time, he said to his client, after listing some of Casteel’s obtuse behavior: “It sounds kind of paranoid,” to which a medicated Casteel said: “It was, yes. It sounds crazy now.”
Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton said the recent vehicles that were targeted were driving Interstate 94 near 11 Mile Road and on Interstate 69 between Jonesville Road and the M-60 trunkline highway in Branch County. “If you regularly drive those routes, you may want to inspect your car for damage,” Saxton said. “All of the incidents have occurred between 9:00 a.m. and before 6 p.m.”
Police have said that motorists who believe their vehicles have been shot should not stop, but drive a safe distance away and call 911.
Adds HNGN.com: “The type of weapon and motive are still unknown, but travelers who believe they have sustained odd damage while driving on the highways are encouraged to report the incident to the police, as well as locals who may have spotted strange vehicles parked near the freeways for extended periods of time.”
Police are asking that anyone with any tips or information to report regarding this Michigan highway sniper call them immediately.