updated 1/30/2004 6:45:20 PM ET 2004-01-30T23:45:20

In the first claim of responsibility in a string of highway shootings, a man called police four times to say he was the sniper, police said Friday.

A task force investigating the 20 shootings at cars, school buses and homes is trying to determine whether the caller is the gunman, said Franklin County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Martin.

The caller engaged in back-and-forth conversation, Martin said, declining to give details.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio said the man made four calls Monday in a span of two minutes. He may have been disconnected twice for unknown reasons.

Mercurio said the caller claimed to have shot someone that day, but no new shootings have been recorded since Jan. 22.

Since May, one person has been killed in the 20 shootings along or near Interstate 270, south of the city. No one else has been struck.

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