Local Terror: Authorities Probing at Least 15 Random Shootings, Mostly at Cars

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Something awful scary is going on.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard (right) announced at a press conference Friday afternoon the formation of a task force  to investigate at least 15 random shootings -- and possibly 16 -- mostly at cars. The shootings began on Tuesday around 7 p.m. and have surfaced in Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties. The latest shootings were on Thursday night. 

No one has been hurt, but "there's been some very, very close calls," Bouchard said.

He said it was unclear if it was more than one person, but there seems to be a pattern. Asked about the possibility of a sniper, Bouchard said that implied a skilled shooter, and he said this appeared to be  someone "randomly shooting at people in cars." He said one bullet came within inches of a motorist and one appeared to whiz by the head of Wixom resident as he took out the garbage.

He said he wanted to tackle this and avoid what happened in the Washington, D.C. area in October 2002 when two snipers shot and killed people 10 people and seriously wounded three others.

"We don’t want anything to devleop that certainly developed in the Washingotn area and paralzyed that area, rightfully so and understandably so for a long time."

He said authorities had yet to determine what type of weapon or weapons were used, but descriptions of a possible car tied to the shootings included a dark, older four-door, Chevy Cavalier and a dark Ford Mustang.

He said the shooting have occurred from the Wixom-Commerce area and then westward along I-96 through Livingston and Ingham counties.

Authorities announced a hotline for tips: 1-800-Speakup.

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