#DEVELOPING | #MS | #POLICE WARN ABOUT HIGHWAY KILLER



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(CHANNEL 1 ATLANTA) NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI
[UPDATED: TUESDAY MAY 15TH 2012 @ 8:48 PM ET]

Several police agencies in Northern Mississippi are looking for a Highway Killer at this hour. Police across the northern part of the state are looking for a man that is reported to be shooting and killing victims on highways in the area. They say that at least 2 victims have been shot after they pulled over to the side of the road after they thought they were being pulled over by the police.

The suspect shooter is reportedly posing as a cop with flashing lights on his car. Police are asking you to call 911 if your being pulled over in Northern MS to verify that you are actually being pulled over by a real cop.

Two people were shot and killed on the side of Mississippi highways in the month of May.

One of the victims was 74-year-old Tom Schlender from Raymond, Nebraska.

“His hobbies were his family,” said Schlender’s son-in-law, Matt Anderson. “Nothing was more important to him than his children and his grandchildren especially. And his great grandchildren. He would do anything for his family.”

One week ago, Tom was driving through Panola County, Mississippi, when he was shot, killed, and left on the side of the road.

“I mean, you always worry about when somebody takes a trip that maybe somebody might have an accident or they might fall ill, but you never think about somebody dying and you never think about somebody dying in the manner in which Tom did,” said Anderson.

Three days later, Fitz casino employee Lori Carswell was shot and killed in a similar fashion on Highway 317 in Tunica County.

Investigators and the victims’ families are looking for the same answers and the same conclusion.

“We are looking for a resolution. We are looking for a conclusion to this,” said Anderson. “We want them to be caught and we want them to be held accountable.”

The shooter is still on the run at this hour. Police also say that if the shooter stricks again, it may not be on a highway, but that it could also be on a county road. Police say hundreds of leads have poured into local police departments but that there is no break in this this case yet.

If you have any infomation or see anything, you are urged to call 911 right away. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation does not have a vehicle or suspect description at this time. They ask anyone with information on this case to call their hotline at 1-888-8CRIMES.

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