Even more shootings, and maybe some copycats as well.
In one of 12 linked shootings on Ohio highways, an Akron couple reported that one of several juveniles on an overpass had a gun and shot at a horse trailer they were towing, a State Highway Patrol report said.
The couple did not report the Aug. 31 trailer damage until three days after the Nov. 25 shooting that killed a woman on Interstate 270.
Franklin County sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin said Thursday that investigators have not discounted the couple's report, but there is no indication that juveniles are responsible for any of the other shootings.
Ballistics tests have definitively linked four of the 12 shootings — three at vehicles and one at an elementary school — but investigators believe they all are connected.
The shootings took place on or near the same short stretch of I-270 south of Columbus; the woman who was killed, Gail Knisley, was the only person hit.
A bullet from the trailer did not come from the same gun as the four, but the report is included with the 12 because it came from the area police are investigating, Martin said.
And two more shootings, including into a house.
Two more shootings have occurred along an interstate highway since a woman was killed on the freeway last month, bringing the number of cases under investigation to 14, authorities said Friday.
A car and a house were hit in the latest shootings, Franklin County sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin said.
On Sunday morning, a woman heard a thud as she drove on Interstate 270 and noticed a bullet hole when she got home, Martin said. She notified police on Tuesday.
In the other shooting, Emma Sader found a bullet hole in the front of her house about a quarter-mile from the highway and a bullet on her living room floor, the deputy said. The shooting was discovered Sunday or Monday.
"Investigators now know the person or persons has consciously decided to continue with the same activity which unfortunately resulted in the death of Mrs. Knisley," Martin said.
Police believe the shootings are the first since Gail Knisley, 62, was killed Nov. 25 as she was being driven to a doctor's appointment. She was the only person hit in the shootings.
The shootings began in May but have happened mainly in the past two months, raising fears that a sniper may be stalking the area. The incidents took place near an interchange of two highways that see 77,000 vehicles a day on average.
The bullet from the house came from the same gun as four other shootings that have been definitely linked by ballistics tests, including one at a school, Martin said. Although the tests could not link the rest of the shootings, investigators believe they all are connected.
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