Police make arrest in connection to deadly Independence road rage incident

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Whitney Gray (image courtesy of GoFundMe)

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police confirmed Tuesday morning that they have made an arrest in connection with Sunday’s road rage incident that left a 22-year-old Independence mom dead.

Officer John Syme did not give details regarding the suspect’s arrest, but he did say U.S. Marshals arrested the suspect overnight somewhere out of state.

Whitney Gray was shot and killed in front of her two young sons Sunday night. According to investigators, Gray was driving a minivan around 7:39 p.m., near Winner Road and Sterling Avenue with two children, ages 3-years and 6-months, when she encountered a road rage incident. Police said a man in a white SUV fired a gun. Gray was shot once.

A 16-year-old female was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Family and friends tell FOX 4 the 3-year-old and 6-month old were Gray’s children.

Gray’s vehicle came to a stop about two blocks away.  Authorities pronounced Gray dead at the scene. The children were not injured.

There were several bullet holes in her windshield.

FOX 4 is not naming the suspect until official charges have been filed.

Family and friends set up a GoFundMe for Gray and her young sons. Click here to donate.

If you have any information, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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