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(PHOENIX) — An arrest has been made in connection with a string of shootings in Arizona.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s office announced Friday night that a SWAT team was in custody of 21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt who is suspected of the I-10 shootings in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Great work by @Arizona_DPS investigators and SWAT team. Investigation remains ongoing,” tweeted the governor.

There have been 11 confirmed attacks targeting vehicles on the freeway since late August. Only one person was injured, a teenager who was cut by broken glass.

Meanwhile, Oscar de la Torre Munoz, who had been detained since September 11 in connection to the shootings, was freed on Friday. He was booked on an unrelated marijuana possession charge. Authorities said he was not a suspect.

Upon his release from jail, Munoz told ABC affiliate KNXV-TV: “I hope this time it’s the right person.”

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