UPDATE: KC highway shooting suspect charged with 18 counts

By: David Marcus - Email
By: David Marcus - Email

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. - A man faces 18 charges for a series of shootings along Kansas City area highways. Prosecutors announced the charges against Mohammed Whitaker today. The charges cover 9 shooting incidents.

Early Thursday evening, police surrounded a home in Grandview, Missouri. They served a search warrant and arrested a man, who hasn't yet been identified.

But police are hopeful, they've found the Kansas City highway shooter.

Witnesses say about 30 officers swarmed on the suspect's home, and battered down a rear door, in making the arrest. Helicopter video at the suspect's home shows police towing a green Dodge Neon with Illinois plates.

There have been 20 shootings on Kansas City highways and vicinity since March 8th. Police say at least twelve of those have shown to be connected.

Police chief Darryl Forte would not go into details, but seemed to suggest that a tip from a resident may have lead police to their suspect.

"I can't say enough about the people in this community," said Forte. "Without the people in this community, we wouldn't be where we are today. I'm asking the people in this community to continue to do that."

On Thursday, four people in Kansas City told police they were shot at while stopped at a traffic light. There's no word on whether this incident is connected to the string of shootings or whether it lead to the arrest.

Three people have been hit by bullets during the highway shootings. Fortunately, no one seriously.

But tonight, residents in Kansas City hope....their nightmare....is over.

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