UPDATE: Police link 12 Kansas City-area highway shootings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March.

Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire, though none of the wounds was considered life-threatening. Police have said they were looking into as many as 20 reported highway shootings, but that number has fluctuated as investigators address new reports and rule out others.

Most of the shootings were reported in an area in the southern part of Kansas City, Mo., known as the Grandview Triangle, where three interstate highways and U.S. 50 intersect. In all cases someone fired shots just before reaching a highway exit ramp or road split, then veered off in a different direction from the victim's vehicle.

A reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased to $10,000.


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Police are asking federal investigators to help determine whether more than a dozen shootings in less than a month along Kansas City-area roads and highways are connected.

Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire as they drove along area highways, many in an area called the Grandview Triangle, where three interstate highways intersect.

Ten of the 13 shootings happened in Kansas City, including Sunday evening when a 56-year-old man was eastbound on Interstate 470 when he was shot in the left calf.

The other three shootings were in the suburbs of Leawood, Kan., Blue Springs, Mo., and Lee's Summit, Mo.

The Kansas City Star reports Police Chief Darryl Forte met with FBI officials on Monday and has asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist.


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