A Michigan highway sniper kept drivers terrorized three years ago along I-96 and the same sniper-type scenario appears to be unfolding again along the rural Michigan highways of I-94 an I-69. The sniper back in 2012 was caught and sits in jail, but the same type of possible gunfire activity is seen on two Michigan highways today.
Since the end of July, it is believed that at least six cars have been fired upon by a possible sniper. Today police are looking for more possible victims who might not even realize that suspicious damage they’ve found on their car could have come from a bullet if traveling these roads.
According to News Oxy on August 30, the recent damage from one car is consistent with a bullet strike, they believe the other cases are the result of someone shooting a weapon at unsuspecting motorists. This ordeal is terrorizing for the people who drive up and down these rural highways every day and while no injuries have been reported, this could potentially be a dangerous situation.
Police have taken to the sky today, reports ABC News, in hopes of finding just who is shooting at cars along these highways. Law Enforcement officials have alerted motorists that there is possible sniper activity along these two highways. They also warn that if drivers do indeed hear their car get hit by a projectile to keep going and get to a safe place before stopping and calling 911.
This is like Déjà vu for the residents of Michigan who were on high alert back in 2012 when a highway sniper was targeting cars along the I-96 highway. The man caught and convicted in the 2012 sniper was Raulie Casteel. He was found guilty of terrorism by a jury last year and is now serving 16-40 years in prison. This was a 44-year-old man with no prior record. From all accounts he was a good family man, who is the father of four children.
According to an ABC News archive, back in 2012, in just a little over a month’s time 24 reported incidents of random gunfire at cars traveling along Interstate 96 was reported. In this case a man who was traveling along the I-96 corridor headed for the World Series was shot in the hip. This was the only injury out of the 2012 sniper event.
The motive in Casteel’s case was teaching drivers a lesson. Casteel wanted to get the word out via shooting at the cars, was what he said in court. He had some delusional thinking that motorists were out to get him.
An archived article from Michigan Live reported Casteel’s testimony in court, which offered up a motive for this sniper activity. While in court “Casteel said he was consumed with anxiety while in traffic,” which at the time officials believed he was suffering from undiagnosed delusions. He said he believed “drivers were part of a government conspiracy against him.”
Casteel did state in court that he never thought about the consequences of the shootings, only that he wanted “to send a message to back off.” He remains incarcerated today serving a sentence for terrorism, plus a few other charges involved with his sniper activity.
Casteel was caught after some witnesses were able to give a description of the car he was driving. Hopefully someone will offer up a clue in the latest possible sniper activity along the two Michigan highways.