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Police announce arrest in sniper shootings

Zachariah Blanton Zachariah Blanton
Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell and Gov. Mitch Daniels (right) Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell and Gov. Mitch Daniels (right)
An officer looks for evidence near Seymour. An officer looks for evidence near Seymour.

Indiana State Police, joined by Governor Mitch Daniels, announced a teenager's arrest in connection with the sniper shootings that took place near Seymour on Sunday morning.

A 17-year-old from Delaware County was being held Tuesday as a suspect in weekend sniper shootings along two Indiana highways that killed one man and injured another.

Zachariah Blanton of Gaston is facing preliminary charges of murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness, Jackson County Prosecutor Stephen Pierson said. Police say the teen confessed.

Blanton's great-aunt, Denise Blanton, told The Star Press of Muncie that she could not fathom the allegations that he was the gunman in the shootings.

As Eyewitness News first reported at noon Tuesday authorities recovered a rifle. State police say the rifle matches the caliber of the one they had been looking for that killed 40-year-old Jerry Ross and wounded another person in a separate vehicle. The shootings occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning on Interstate 65 near Seymour. Two hours after they occurred, there were two more shootings reported near Muncie on I-69.

Authorities say there is evidence that connects the teen to the two locations.


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