Source: Others report highway shootings after seeing news
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three more highway shootings have been reported in the Kansas City, Mo., area as of Tuesday evening, a source close to the investigation said.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday three more people reported their vehicle had been shot within the last month while they were driving on Kansas City roads. The victims filed reports after seeing recent news coverage of the previous shootings.
FOX 4 learned of this development shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, Kansas City, Mo. Police Dept. spokesperson Ty Grant confirmed that between Tuesday and Wednesday, police had received reports from seven more possible shooting victims, bringing the total to 20 highway/roadway shootings they are investigating.
Of the three most recent people to report a suspected shooting, one spoke with FOX 4′s Macradee Aegerter. He did not want to be identified but said his vehicle was shot on Wednesday, April 2 around 6:40 p.m. as he was traveling south on I-435 near the 87th Street exit.
The man said he noticed a green car with tinted windows keeping pace with him.
“It was driving next to me for the longest,” he said. “It was keeping pace with me. I don’t like to drive next to cars like that, I like some distance.”
A few minutes later his driver’s side window shattered and something lodged inside his passenger’s side door.
“I feel blessed because it could have hit me,” he said. “It was very close. It had to go right by my face. Glass shattered, hit me in the face. I don’t have a cut or a wound or anything, so I do feel very blessed.”
At the time he thought a rock had hit his car. It wasn’t until he saw news coverage of the recent highway shootings that he suspected his vehicle had been shot and notified police on Tuesday.
FOX 4 has not yet determined the location or times of the two other possible shootings that were reported to police on Tuesday. The source close to the investigation said if investigators confirm the latest shootings are connected to the previous 13, the number of shootings would total 16 — if not more should other people come forward.
Earlier on Tuesday, FOX 4′s Shannon O’Brien spoke with two women who said their vehicles were hit in two separate incidents. One woman said she saw the man whom she thinks fired at her car. Read more about their cases here.
Police have announced a $7,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Read more about the reward and how you can provide anonymous information here.