A Detroit-area man who may be involved in two dozen highway shootings was arraigned today on charges stemming from one incident, as investigators gather more evidence to link him to the other shootings.
Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, was arrested in connection with a shooting that took place on the Interstate 96 on Oct. 18, Livingston County Prosecutor David Morris said at a news conference following the arraignment.
Morris did not say whether Casteel had entered a plea.
Casteel is charged with six counts for the shooting in Livingston County, including three counts of felony firearms, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and one count of discharging from a vehicle.
He is expected to face more charges in the other jurisdictions, Morris said.
Police believe the college-educated father, who has no criminal record, may be responsible for two dozen highway shootings that have taken place across four Michigan counties over the past four months.
Despite the fact that no other alleged shooter has been arrested, Morris urged drivers to remain vigilant when traveling on Interstate 96.
Casteel was identified by his mother to the Detroit Free Press as the man who police arrested inside his Wixom, Mich., home in connection with the shootings. The attacks were reported in Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.
Over the past month, there have been 24 reported incidents of seemingly random gunfire at cars, mostly on or near Interstate 96.
Police said that potential evidence was seized during Casteel's arrest, which they said will be evaluated by crime laboratories. Casteel is also known to have driven a vehicle matching the one described by one of the shooting victims, which Sheriff Gene L. Wriggelsworth and Ingham County Sheriff's Office described to ABCNews.com as a Chevy Malibu. He said that the suspect has been charged.
"Yesterday, he was still at Wixom police department lock-up. Apparently Livingston County prosecutor has charged him with one of the shootings, and writted him out to be arraigned at Livingston County in Howell, Mich.," Wriggelsworth said.
On the afternoon of Oct. 27, a baseball fan driving along the Interstate 96 corridor en route to a World Series game in Detroit was shot in the left hip. Emily Roll, a gas station employee who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting, said the man came limping into the station, looking for help.
Only 30 minutes earlier and a mile away, another car on the interstate had been hit by a bullet that entered through the back window. The driver was not injured.
Until Saturday, no one had been hurt in the string of shootings, but authorities feared there was a serial shooter out there with deadly intentions.
The ATF, the FBI and Crime Stoppers were offering $102,000 for information leading to an arrest of the suspect.