Arizona

Phoenix neighborhood on edge as serial killer prowls

  • In this July 27, 2016 photo, neighborhood patrol officers Maribel Diaz Lopez, left, and Mario Ocampo walk Maryvale neighborhood streets in Phoenix to hand out an artist rendering of a suspected serial killer, as shown on the light pole, and block watch flyers. The serial killer has killed seven people since March and wounded two, sowing terror in a blue-collar swath of Phoenix. Police are pleading for tips to help them catch their suspect, but many residents never report crime because they are immigrants fearing deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    In this July 27, 2016 photo, neighborhood patrol officers Maribel Diaz Lopez, left, and Mario Ocampo walk Maryvale neighborhood streets in Phoenix to hand out an artist rendering of a suspected serial killer, as shown on the light pole, and block watch flyers. The serial killer has killed seven people since March and wounded two, sowing terror in a blue-collar swath of Phoenix. Police are pleading for tips to help them catch their suspect, but many residents never report crime because they are immigrants fearing deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this July 27, 2016 photo, neighborhood patrol officers Maribel Diaz Lopez, right, and Mario Ocampo walk in Phoenix past the home where a suspected serial killer murdered a man earlier in the year. The ladies were handing out an artist rendering of a the suspected serial killer and block watch flyers. The serial killer has killed seven people since March and wounded two, sowing terror in a blue-collar swath of Phoenix. Police are pleading for tips to help them catch their suspect, but many residents never report crime because they are immigrants fearing deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    In this July 27, 2016 photo, neighborhood patrol officers Maribel Diaz Lopez, right, and Mario Ocampo walk in Phoenix past the home where a suspected serial killer murdered a man earlier in the year. The ladies were handing out an artist rendering of a the suspected serial killer and block watch flyers. The serial killer has killed seven people since March and wounded two, sowing terror in a blue-collar swath of Phoenix. Police are pleading for tips to help them catch their suspect, but many residents never report crime because they are immigrants fearing deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this July 27, 2016 photo, flowers are seen outside the home where a suspected serial killer murdered a man earlier in the year in Phoenix. The serial killer has killed seven people since March and wounded two, sowing terror in a blue-collar swath of Phoenix. Police are pleading for tips to help them catch their suspect, but many residents never report crime because they are immigrants fearing deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    In this July 27, 2016 photo, flowers are seen outside the home where a suspected serial killer murdered a man earlier in the year in Phoenix. The serial killer has killed seven people since March and wounded two, sowing terror in a blue-collar swath of Phoenix. Police are pleading for tips to help them catch their suspect, but many residents never report crime because they are immigrants fearing deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

Phoenix detectives are checking hundreds of leads as they try to capture a serial killer who stalks victims while driving down darkened streets of poor, predominantly Latino neighborhoods.

The killer has been dubbed the Serial Street Shooter.

He has killed seven people and wounded two since March in nine attacks that have sown fear in Phoenix and led to a police plea for the public's help.

But the neighborhood where six of the killings happened has many immigrants who are reluctant to come forward for fear of deportation.

The gunman strikes only after sunset and before dawn. All but one of the killings have taken place in the city's Maryvale section.

The victims include a 12-year-girl who was shot to death along with her mother and a friend of the mother.