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Suspect stopped for speeding after Ohio shootings began


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CNN's Eric Philips reports that Ohio authorities have identified a suspect in a series of highway shootings.
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(CNN) -- The man authorities seek in connection with 24 Ohio shootings was pulled over twice for speeding after the attacks began last May, court records show.

Charles McCoy Jr. was ticketed for speeding May 26 -- more than two weeks after the shootings began. He was ticketed again November 4 -- three weeks before the one fatal shooting in the series of firings.

In both cases, McCoy paid his tickets, records show.

Franklin County, Ohio, authorities said Monday that the 28-year-old Columbus man is a suspect in the shootings.

He is charged with felonious assault in a December 15 shooting into a home two miles from Interstate 270 -- the highway on which most of the attacks occurred.

Authorities said ballistics link that shooting to some of the other ones that have terrorized the region.

At least seven shootings, including the fatal one, were linked to the same gun, and authorities said location and circumstances tie other shootings to the same suspect.

Since releasing McCoy's photograph Monday, authorities have received "a ton of phone calls," Cpl. Marc Pappas of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Pappas also said the suspect is considered "suicidal with homicidal tendencies," although he declined to say how authorities came to that conclusion.

Authorities said McCoy owns a dark green 1999 Geo Metro with a black hood and Ohio license plate number CGV 7387.

Pappas warned people not to approach McCoy or his car, saying the suspect might be armed.

Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin said Monday that authorities believe McCoy has bought another gun.

The fatal shooting took place November 25. Gail Knisley, 62, was killed at about 10 a.m. on I-270 when a bullet ripped through the driver's door of a car in which she was a passenger. Knisely was on her way to a doctor's appointment.

No other injuries have been reported.

The 24 shootings that authorities believe are linked include 18 attacks on vehicles along the interstate, two at homes, two at school buses, one at a used-car lot and one at a school.

On November 11, a bullet was fired into Hamilton Township Central Elementary School in the village of Obetz, south of Columbus, while the school was empty.

Witnesses to a February shooting said they saw a man firing from an overpass. They described the man as white, about 30 to 40 years old, of average height and weight, with dark hair, and wearing a dark hat and dark sunglasses, police said.

After firing, the man got into a small- to midsize, dark-colored sedan and drove off, they said.

A $60,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the shooter.

CNN's Sean Callebs contributed to this report


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