Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Reported incidents of vehicles shot on area roadways fluctuate as investigation continues
The number of reports of recent roadway shootings continues to fluctuate as police investigate additional incidents and rule out others. No new shootings have been reported since Sunday night, April 6.
Police announced Monday that there had been 13 incidents between March 8 and April 6 of cars being fired at on area highways and roads, 10 of which have occurred in Kansas City, Mo. The others took place in Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Leawood. Three people have been hit with bullets, and their injuries were not life-threatening.
After police released this information, several more people came forward to report incidents that may be part of the pattern. Meanwhile, investigators may rule out other incidents as not being connected. Additionally, analysts are looking back at calls of shots fired on area roadways that took place prior to March 8 to see if any more may be related. Therefore, the number of incidents remains in flux.
Police have linked several of the shootings but are not releasing by what means to protect the integrity of the investigation. Investigators are not releasing any suspect or suspect vehicle information. Victims and witnesses have provided inconsistent statements, so police do not want to provide misinformation, nor do they want the public to focus too closely on a specific type of vehicle or person. Investigators do not want to rule out any possibilities.
Officers are increasing their presence in the areas of the shootings. Motorists should remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911. The sooner police are notified, the higher the probability they can apprehend the suspect(s).
Kansas City Police are very appreciative of the assistance their partners from other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
A reward of up to $7,000 now is available for information leading to an arrest in this case, thanks to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Anyone with information should call 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips also may be submitted electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com, or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is anonymous.
As of 11 a.m. today, April 9, Crime Stoppers has received 28 tips related to this case.