The shooter arrested in a string of more than 20 shootings in Michigan has been captured and charged:
A man suspected in two dozen random shootings along a 100-mile stretch of roadway in southeastern Michigan was charged with several gun crimes Wednesday that are likely the first of many charges.
Prosecutors believe that Raulie Casteel, a geologist, is responsible for the shootings last month that mostly targeted moving vehicles on or near Interstate 96. One person was injured.
Casteel, 43, was ordered held on a $2 million bond after being charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other gun crimes. The charges stem from a shooting Oct. 18 on in interstate in Livingston County’s Howell Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.
The driver of the targeted car was able to describe the gunman, his vehicle and a partial license plate number from a Michigan State University vanity plate.
He was arrested Monday at his home in Wixom, about 20 miles away.
“Hopefully we can scratch these senseless shootings off our to-do list,” said David McCain, head of the Detroit branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Casteel’s shooting may have been “senseless,” to the ATF, but a simple reading of the 43-year-old geologist’s Twitter account shows that he considers himself a political conservative, sick and tired of a corrupt federal government and what he viewed to be a treasonous President Obama.
Why Casteel chose to shoot randomly into highway traffic as a way of channeling that angle has not been revealed, but a local sheriff has described the attacks as domestic terrorism.
His mother claims she thinks he has mental health issues, but they obviously weren’t serious enough that she was willing to do anything in terms of getting him help.