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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Arizona freeway shootings started earlier than believed

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Arizona freeway shootings started earlier than believed

A pawn shop owner says suspect Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. pawned a handgun August 30 that authorities say is linked to the first four shootings

Arizona freeway shootings started earlier than believed

PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities say a series of freeway shootings that rattled the Phoenix area started two days earlier than previously believed.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said Wednesday that the shooting of a BMW is now believed to have occurred on Aug. 27, not Aug. 30. Three other shootings on Aug. 29 had been thought to be the first in 11 confirmed incidents.

The BMW was parked at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Aug. 27 and retrieved Aug. 30. Graves says the date change is being made because the BMW’s driver wasn’t sure when the shooting happened.

A pawn shop owner says suspect Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. pawned a handgun Aug. 30 that authorities say is linked to the first four shootings.

Graves says the change doesn’t affect the charges against Merritt.

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