Albuquerque, New Mexico, police claim they have detained the “main suspect” in the murder of four Muslim males.
Police chief Harold Medina tweeted about the discovery, announcing that they had located and apprehended the driver of a suspected-involved vehicle.
The killings occurred over a nine-month period, with the final three occurring in the previous two weeks.
Police have not confirmed a connection between the attacks.
Three of the men, who went to the same mosque, were originally from Pakistan. They were “ambushed without notice, fired upon, and killed,” according to the officers.
Mohammad Ahmadi, a fourth man who was originally from Afghanistan, was murdered in November.
Police believe they cannot make that claim until they have a suspect in hand, thus they have not yet stated that the killings were motivated by hatred.
US President Joe Biden stated on Monday that the “horrific killings” had him “enraged and heartbroken,” adding that “these terrible attacks have no place in America.”
Since New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said that she was deploying more law enforcement personnel to the city to support detectives, the search for the suspect has gradually gotten bigger.
Several organisations have made significant rewards available for information that resulted in a suspect’s capture and conviction.
Ahmad Assed, a spokesperson for the Islamic Center of New Mexico, told the BBC the killings have been horrific for the city’s Muslim community.
“We’re hopeful that our state will emerge again as the state we all know, as the warm and diverse, the diverse cultures, the welcoming of diverse cultures that has been,” he said.