FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Westbound I-96 is back open after being shut down at Fowlerville Road for several hours because of a police investigation.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were on the scene for most of the afternoon to investigate two separate shooting incidents that they say took place today along the freeway, in a corridor where at least 22 cars have recently been shot .
Officers say multiple bullet casings were recovered from the scenes of both shootings. Police are linking today's shootings to the recent string of shootings, saying the total now stands at 24.
The first incident happened about 11:50 a.m. An 18-year-old man from Canton and his 18-year-old girlfriend from Plymouth were driving eastbound about a mile west of the Fowlerville exit when their car was hit.
The vehicle was struck in the driver's side rear window and bullet passed through the interior of the car before exiting out the passenger's side rear window.
Neither the man or the woman were hurt.
The second incident happened about a half hour later. A vehicle was driving eastbound on I-96 between the Ingham County line and the Weigh Station when it was hit in the driver's side door.
The driver, a 46-year-old man from Delton,Michigan, was the only occupant of the car. He was struck in the left buttock.
Both shooting incidents happened west of the Fowlerville Road exit on the eastbound I-96 freeway. Police searched that stretch of freeway for the unidentified gunman for hours, but were unable to locate him.
The westbound lanes of the freeway were also shut down for several hours to aid in the search.
If these shootings are related to the others that have taken place in recent weeks, they would represent the first time a driver has been hit by a bullet in any of these incidents.
The man who was hit in the buttocks told police his car was fired upon about a mile and a half west of Fowlerville Road. Police canine units were used to search that area.
Following the shootings, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and other members of a task force in this case responded to a Mobil gas station located at the Fowlerville Road exit of I-96 in Livingston County. Both vehicles were driven there after the shootings.
Workers at the Mobile station told 7 Action News that the man hit by a bullet refused their help and just wanted to go to the World Series. He was eventually treated by an ambulance crew at the scene and taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Livingston where he is listed in stable condition.
Earlier this week, police said a task force of more than 30 law enforcement officers was investigating the shootings. They gave details on just how many vehicles had been involved and where shootings have taken place.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory released findings yesterday, stating that the ballistic evidence that was available from the shootings in Oakland, Livingston and Ingham Counties belonged to the same firearm .
The task forces is asking anyone who may have any information regarding the incidents to call the Wixom Police Department or 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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