The Indiana State Police arrested 17-year-old Zachariah Blanton Tuesday
afternoon, July 25, as a suspect in a series of sniper shootings in southern
and northeastern Indiana, after an alleged tip from an acquaintance of the
teen, The Associated Press reported.
One man was killed and another was injured in sniper attacks
on four vehicles Sunday, investigators told reporters during a press conference
Monday evening. The AP reported that the teen faces preliminary charges
of murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness.
One of the vehicles hit was a tractor-trailer. The driver
was not injured.
“(The trucker) was driving a 2006 Volvo for Roadway Express,
and sure enough, his truck had taken bullet rounds in the windshield and the
side door,” State Police Sgt. Rod Russell told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite
Radio. “Fortunately, the driver was not injured, and we’re thankful for that.”
The attacks occurred about 100 miles apart on Interstates 65
According to a police press release, investigators recovered
a Remington 710 rifle, which fires .270 caliber rounds, when they arrested
The FBI joined the investigation Monday. Investigators
recovered bullets and other forensic evidence and are reviewing video
surveillance tapes from businesses near the shooting sites.
Indiana police also consulted with authorities in Columbus, OH, where a sniper killed one person in a series of highway shootings two years
That shooter, Charles McCoy, pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 27 years in prison.
– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer