Two people received a $4,000 reward each last week for providing information that led officers to arrest a suspect in a string of highway shootings in the Kansas City area investigation, according to a release from the city’s police department.
“Community cooperation was integral to solving this case, as it is in so many other things our department does,” police chief Darryl Forté said in the release.
The tipsters called police at different times and “provided critical information to investigators” according to the statement. The $8,000 reward was offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Authorities used license plate readers and a GPS tracking device to help collar a suspect in a string of highway shootings, according to court documents. The suspect, Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, 27, of Grandview, has been charged with 18 felony counts related to the shootings.
Whitaker was arrested April 18 following an almost monthlong search by police for a suspect in a string of shootings on Kansas City area highways. The first reported incident occurred March 8 and the most recent reported shooting was on April 6.
Most of the shootings – estimated between 13 and 20 – occurred in the evening or at night, with the majority occurring at the junction of Interstate 435, I-470 and U.S. Highway 71 – an area known to metro residents as the Grandview Triangle.
Three people had been hit by bullets, but their injuries were not deemed serious. Highway shootings occurred at a few other locations as well.
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