Kansas City police investigating series of highway shootings

By Land Line staff | 4/9/2014

Authorities are investigating for connections in as many as 20 shooting incidents on Kansas City area highways and roadways.

The shootings have wounded three victims - two in the leg and one in the arm, according to reports in The Kansas City Star. At least 13 shootings have taken place since March 8.

Kansas City police have requested the help of federal agents in investigating the string of shootings, which accelerated last week with shootings reported every day, according to The Star. The most recent occurred Sunday night.

Most of the shootings have occurred in the evening or at night in the southeast Kansas City area where Interstates 435 and 470 and U.S. Highway 71 converge.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have searched various roadways with specially trained dogs that can find shell casings.

All of the shootings have occurred near highway ramps or road splits, where the shooter could veer off in a different direction from the victim after firing shots, according to reports. But police said they are open to the possibility that the shooter could be on the ground hiding, although they have no evidence to support that, the report stated.

Federal authorities on Tuesday added cash to a reward fund bringing the total available reward to $7,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).

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