A suspect in a series of shootings this month targeting homeless men in New York and Washington was arrested early Tuesday, the police in Washington said. At least five men were shot, two of them fatally.
The extended shooting spree prompted an intense search across both cities. The authorities said the man shot three men in Washington between March 3 and March 9, and two men in Lower Manhattan on Saturday.
The police in Washington said the suspect, who was not immediately named, was arrested early Tuesday. “He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch,” the department said in a tweet. “Thanks to the community for all your tips.” The police had offered a reward of up to $55,000 for information that led to an arrest and conviction.
On Monday, the mayors and police officials of both cities had pleaded for help finding the gunman. In New York, investigators searched encampments with outreach workers, looking for others he might have targeted, law enforcement officials said, and distributed fliers with pictures of a suspect. And they searched block by block for people sleeping on the streets, encouraging them to move into shelters for their own safety.
The New York Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday that the investigation remained active. “Great teamwork on the part of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the New York City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Many questions about the gunman remained unanswered, including why he targeted people living on the street.
Authorities said they connected the cases after a police captain investigating the killing of a homeless man in Washington saw a photo on social media of the suspect in the New York attacks. Ballistics analysis confirmed on Sunday that the same gun was used in all five shootings, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.