DETROIT (AP) - Authorities believe a white man suspected of killing five men and wounding 11 others in and around Flint, Mich., since May is also responsible for three recent attacks in Virginia and one in Ohio.
Detectives in Flint have been hesitant to say the attacks were motivated by racial hatred even though all but two of the victims were black men.
But Leesburg, Va. Police Chief Joseph Price said during a news conference Tuesday that he strongly suspects the attacks there are
linked to the Michigan attacks and that the victims in his city were picked because they are black.
Experts say authorities are racing against the clock to prevent further attacks. The attacks have all been in public and have occurred an average of once every four days.
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