NOVI, Mich. (AP) — A man arrested in a shooting spree that targeted motorists in southeastern Michigan was charged Friday with attempted murder and dozens of other crimes as police said they directly linked his gun to bullet fragments recovered from victims' vehicles.
Raulie Casteel, already charged this week in a single case in Livingston County, was blamed in Oakland County for many more shootings near a major interstate in October.
The evidence was strong, Wixom police Sgt. Ronald Moore told a judge Friday, including shell casings recovered near the windshield wiper of the suspect's Chevy Malibu.
Moore said bullet fragments that matched Casteel's 9mm handgun were lodged in victims' vehicles.
The latest charges were read in a suburban Detroit courtroom while Casteel waited to be arraigned in another courtroom in the same courthouse in Novi. Casteel appeared by video from jail where he's being held on a $2 million bond.
There were two dozen shootings in four counties on or near Interstate 96 in October. One person was injured.
No motive has been disclosed, although Casteel's mother told the Detroit Free Press this week that she suspects he may be mentally ill.
Casteel, a 43-year-old geologist, was arrested Monday at a home in Wixom where he was living with his wife, daughter and in-laws. He returned to his home state last summer after living in Taylorsville, Ky.
At least 10 shootings occurred in Wixom, 40 miles northwest of Detroit.