MSU police investigate shootings on I-96
A Michigan State Police sketch identifies a person of interest behind a series of shootings along I-96 and M-52. Provided by the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
MSU police are helping to investigate a string of shootings stretching across four counties along the I-96 and M-52 corridors, where an anonymous gunman has opened fire on 22 motorists.
Police said all of shootings, which occurred between Oct. 16 and 18, involved a suspect who fired at cars traveling in the opposite direction from his.
Seven of the shootings were reported to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release from the Wixom Police Department.
Shootings also occurred in Shiawassee, Oakland and Livingston counties.
Forty police officers from the Ingham County area gathered Tuesday morning at the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety to plan the investigation.
At the meeting at the MSU Police Department on Tuesday, Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth said investigators discussed a plan to find the shooter.
MSU police have identified two vehicles of interest — either a dark 1998 Oldsmobile Alero or a 1998 Toyota Camry — and released a sketch of the suspected shooter.
Police have a whole raft of people working to solve the case, including detectives, officers, members of canine units, helicopter patrolmen and sketch artists, Wrigglesworth said.
The East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, also lent a detective to the investigative team, ELPD Capt. Jeff Murphy said.
Wrigglesworth said the investigative team is exploring several leads and will continue to make the case a priority.
Although it has been six days since the last shooting, Visiting Editor in Residence for the School of Journalism Joe Grimm said he still feels wary driving down I-96.
Grimm said I-96 is the only way he can get to East Lansing for class each day, and he has not changed his route because of the shootings.
“I was thinking about it (Tuesday) morning before I began my ride to MSU, and I thought, ‘Well, 22 shootings is a pretty big number; however, thousands of cars go along here,’” said Grimm, while driving I-96 on his 75-mile commute home Tuesday evening. “Just looking at the traffic right now, it seems to be about as heavy as it always was.”
_Police are encouraging people to call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP or 1-800-SPEAK UP if they have any tips. _