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Suspected Serial Shooter Targeting Vehicles in San Jose Arrested

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    A suspected serial shooter targeting occupied vehicles in San Jose was arrested Wednesday, according to San Jose police. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016)

    A suspected serial shooter targeting occupied vehicles in San Jose was arrested Wednesday, according to San Jose police.

    Michael James Lee Lewis, 30, of San Jose, was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on four counts of attempted murder and an outstanding felony warrant for felon in possession of a firearm.

    Police say at least 10 vehicles have been hit on or near Blossom Hill Road, near Monterey Road, in the past four months. The shootings that began in May have occurred around midnight in the normally quiet South San Jose neighborhood.

    "I'm just relieved we don't have this concern in our cars anymore," resident Donald McCline said. "My wife and I travel through this area all the time. We live three minutes away."

    In the 10 shootings dating back to early May, two people were wounded by shrapnel or flying glass, police said.

    "The work that the men and women of this department have done in the last three weeks is nothing short of amazing!" Chief Eddie Gracia said in a release. "In light of everything this department is going through, our officers' dedication to the residents of this city is beyond reproach."

    Lewis was arrested on an unrelated charge on Aug. 14. Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation on Lewis and obtained a search warrant at his San Jose home.

    During the search, a handgun was found. The gun, along with shell casings from some of the shootings, was submitted to the Santa Clara County Crime Lab for analysis, and the lab determined the bullets from four incidents were fired from the same handgun.

    "That's good," resident Taneem Ahmed said, "and now people can live in peace and they don't have to worry about getting shot."

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