US man arrested over series of fatal Arizona shootings

Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested in April and later charged with murder in connection with the first of the killings, which occurred in August 2015.
Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested in April and later charged with murder in connection with the first of the killings, which occurred in August 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Police in Arizona have arrested a 23-year-old man accused of spreading terror around the state capital Phoenix with a series of random shootings that left nine people dead.

Investigators say they do not know what led the suspect, Aaron Saucedo, 23, to launch his months-long shooting spree.

"This case plagued our community for more than a year and left behind a trail of victims that included mothers, sons, brothers, sisters and families still mourning the loss of their loved ones," police chief Jeri Williams told a news conference on Monday (May 9).

She said investigators worked round the clock to connect Saucedo, who was employed part-time as a bus driver, to the series of homicides.

They eventually made their breakthrough following a tip from the local community.

Saucedo's first alleged attack was in August 2015, when he is accused of having shot dead a friend of his own mother.

He is later believed to have fired at random on complete strangers in the street, killing eight people. He is also suspected of firing into a house in a separate incident, an attack in which no injuries occurred.