PHOENIX — A man has been arrested in connection to 11 drive-by shootings that took place over the last six months in Phoenix.
Phoenix police say 24-year-old Manuel Sierra was targeting members of an extended family in the shootings after a romantic relationship ended.
The first shooting happened on December 31, 2021. The most recent took place on May 11, 2022, according to police.
Evidence collected from each scene led police to Sierra, who was arrested on May 11 in Buckeye and booked into jail on 18 felony charges.
Police say during at least half of the shootings, the homes were occupied at the time. No injuries were reported in any of the shootings.
“The violence potential and the violence shown in these incidents are unacceptable,” said Sgt. Ann Justus with Phoenix police. "They don't know if there are children over there who might not live at the house, they don't if someone is delivering food to that address. There are innocent victims who might not be the person they're targeting that could be there.”
The shootings took place in neighborhoods near these intersections on each listed day:
December 31, 2021, 27th Avenue and Baseline Road
March 12, 2022, 19th Avenue and Broadway Road
March 30, 2022, 37th Avenue and Indian School Road
April 5, 2022, 59th Avenue and Thomas Road
April 10, 2022, 47th Avenue and Indian School Road
April 10, 2022, 49th and Campbell avenues
April 12, 2022, 59th Avenue and Camelback Road
April 15, 2022, 59th and Highland avenues
April 30, 2022, 59th and Highland avenues
May 2, 2022, 47th Avenue and Indian School Road
May 11, 2022, 67th Avenue and Thomas Road
Sierra is also accused of sending threatening text messages to members of the family targeted during this timespan.