Man arrested in freeway shooting in Phoenix suburb

Man arrested in freeway shooting in Phoenix suburb

PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities have arrested a suspect in a drive-by shooting on a metro Phoenix freeway and believe it is not connected to a string of recent shootings.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Sunday that 36-year-old Christopher Hoffman has been booked on several charges including drive-by shooting and possession of a dangerous drug.

Investigators say Hoffman admitted to Saturday‘s shooting at another vehicle on the Loop 101 Freeway in the northwest Phoenix suburb of Peoria.

DPS says a man in a tan pickup truck pulled alongside another vehicle and fired multiple shots, shattering the other two windows.

No one was hurt.

Phoenix residents have been rattled by a series of random vehicle shootings on Interstate 10 between Aug. 22 and Sept. 10 involving bullets or projectiles.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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