BATTLE CREEK (WWJ) — An investigation continues in western Michigan following reports of vehicle damage from “projectiles” along I-69 and I-94.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton said that out of over 20 reported incidents, three were caused by a firearm. Saxton said this scenario reminds him of the I-96 shooter who shot at two-dozen vehicles in Livingston County in 2012.
“Any time when you have an incident like this going on you may suspect that, but right now we’re investigating all of these incidents together, but separate — trying to tie everything together,” Saxton said. “At this point, we can’t say that it’s a copycat.”
Over the past few weeks, damage has been reported by drivers traveling along I-94 and I-69 in Calhoun, Eaton and Branch counties.
A vehicle traveling northbound near Stine Road in Walton Township on Friday reported that one of its side windows was struck and damaged by a “projectile.”
A second incident occurred at least a half-hour later when a semi-truck was traveling southbound near N Drive North in Convis Township when it too was struck and damaged by a projectile.
“At this time, we are treating all of these incidents as being connected,” Saxton said. “There have been no incidents reported while it’s dark outside, it’s all been daytime hours — late afternoon, early evening.”
Police in Eaton County are now working with the Calhoun County Major Crimes Task Force, since similar incidents have occurred in Calhoun and Branch Counties recently on I-69 and I-94.
“With the holiday weekend this weekend we don’t recommend that people change their travel plans,” “Again, though, we ask that people be vigilant while driving, pay attention to their surroundings.”
There are no suspects at this time, and — so far — no reports of injuries.
Anyone with information can call the Silent Observer at 269-781-9700. Tipsters may remain anonymous.