DETROIT (WJBK) - The ATF is now offering a $5,000 reward to get a wanted suspect off the streets.
His victim's name was Devin Lowe, a limo driver shot and killed when his passengers were robbed at I-96 and W. Warren back on April 15.
"He shot about five shots," said witness Ali Albudragh. "And then I hear a couple guns shooting over there and after that in the back of the gas station I heard the gun too, about seven shots."
The suspect was caught on surveillance camera and police have been searching for him since the crime. But now new evidence connects him to another shooting from Jan. 28 at a gas station on Houston Whittier.
"A 43-year-old man was shot as he waited for a ride at the intersection of Houston Whittier and Hayes streets," said Tom Chittum, special agent in charge, Detroit ATF. "Fortunately the man survived but the suspect got away. Ballistic evidence has connected these two crime scenes. We're looking for help from the public so we can solve these violent crimes."
The ATF is now offering a $5,000 reward and demonstrating the complex process of linking one crime scene to the other - through what the weapons leave behind.
"A firearm will leave specific characteristics on fired evidence," said 1st Lt. Charles Morden, Michigan State Police lab director. "Whether it be a cartridge casing or a bullet. Those characteristics are individual to that firearm. It is kind of like a fingerprint to that firearm."
Take a look behind the scenes at the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network - comparing evidence recovered from crime scenes at the local, state and national levels.
"These are the characteristics that are basically the fingerprint of that cartridge casing from that firearm," said Morden. "We can link those two cartridge casings together - we know those two are fired from the same weapon."
What they don't know is who or where the gunman is - anyone with information on this man is asked to contact Detroit police or call 1-800-ATF-GUNS.