GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Authorities say a 43-year-old man suspected in a shooting spree along a 100-mile stretch of roads in Michigan faces six charges in Livingston County, and all are connected to one shooting on Oct. 18.
Raulie Casteel was arraigned Wednesday in Howell, a Livingston County community 55 miles northwest of Detroit. The shooting for which he faces charges happened in Howell on westbound I-96.
Casteel was arrested Monday at his home in Wixom. He is suspected of 24 shootings, mostly at moving vehicles, in four counties beginning Oct. 16. One person was wounded.
Authorities believe he used a 9mm gun in the Oct. 18 shooting.
The charges against Casteel are:
- Assault with a dangerous weapon
- Carrying a weapon with unlawful intent
- Intentionally discharging a weapon from a vehicle
- And three other counts of possession of a firearm during a felony
The other shootings continue to be investigated, and other charges may follow, including from Oakland County.
Casteel's mother, Lana Hunt, confirmed her son's arrest to the Detroit Free Press and told the paper she is worried he might be mentally ill but refuses to see a doctor.
A 1997 Michigan State University graduate, Casteel aired out those issues on his Twitter account. His tweets seemed to intensify in early October, with comments about impeaching President Barack Obama for treason.
"I've given the military the option of marching him out the W.H. (White House) in handcuffs," he tweeted.
Casteel wanted others in the federal government, including US Attorney General Eric Holder, arrested. He wrote about taxes and about what he called "common sense conservatism."
In late September, he also tweeted about his right to bear arms: "The 2nd Amendment is an absolute - absolutely no compromise. I carry everywhere I go."
There is a gap in the tweets that began on Oct. 2. The shooting started exactly two weeks later, on Oct. 16.
On Oct. 24, his last tweet was in support of Republican Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra. Three days later, Casteel allegedly shot at two vehicles on I-96 near Fowlerville, hitting a Delton man in the buttocks.
Casteel is being held on a cash bond of $2 million and his next court appearance is set for Nov. 14.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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