Fourth Estate Staff
Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E) – The man believed to have killed a total of nine people and carried out 12 different shootings from August 2015 to July of 2016 appeared before a judge during his first court appearance and he expressed that he is innocent.
The suspect, Aaron Saucedo, appeared in court and said that he understood the purpose of his appearance, which was to inform him of the allegations made against him. He was held without bond.
Authorities claimed Saucedo targeted victims after dark. He shot them while they were outside their homes or inside their cars and most of the killings took place in the Latino neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona.
There were numerous tips regarding the killing. On Monday, police announced they made a break in the case thus the arrest of Saucedo. They did not give details, however, as to what led to the arrest. A judge granted a prosecution request to seal records related to the case.
Initially, police thought there were only seven killings. Upon further investigation, they tallied the total number of deaths to nine. Eight of them were randomly selected by the killer and one was known by Saucedo, police claimed.
Witnesses described the shooter as young and Hispanic who owned a BMW sedan. Police said the description fit Saucedo and he did own a sedan but he stopped driving it after his last killing.
Some of the victims of Saucedo were identified. A 19-year-old named Manuel Castro-Garcia was gunned down on June 10, 2016. A 21-year-old, identified as Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, was killed on April 1, 2016. He left behind a partner who was seven months pregnant during the time he was killed. On March 17, 2016, Saucedo allegedly shot at two teenagers.
His latest attack was on July 11, 2016. No one was killed but police said the suspect shot at a 21-year-old man and his four-year-old nephew while they sat at a car.
Saucedo worked as a bus driver for the city of Phoenix back in 2015. His motives remained unknown.
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