I-65 Sniper Shootings Update

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities say a 17-year-old confessed to sniper shootings on Indiana highways that killed a truck passenger and wounded another person.

Zachariah Blanton of Gaston is in the Jackson County Jail facing preliminary charges of murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness.

The arrest follows a two-day search for the gunman that fired shots early Sunday morning at two pickup trucks on Interstate 65 near Seymour, killing a New Albany man.

About two hours later, bullets struck a moving semitrailer and a parked sport-utility vehicle on I-69 in Delaware County. No one was injured in those shootings.

State Police say Blanton admitted to the shootings during questioning, but a motive wasn't clear.

Blanton's friend alerted authorities to the teen. Detectives recovered a Remmington rifle from Blanton's home.

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