Friday, April 11, 2014

Twelve roadway shootings are now linked, and reward increases to $10,000


Police now have positively linked 12 shooting incidents that have taken place recently on roadways around the metropolitan area. No new similar shootings have taken place since April 6.

Additionally, the reward for information leading to an arrest in the incidents has increased to up to $10,000, thanks to additional funds from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The number of reports of recent roadway shootings continues to fluctuate as police investigate additional incidents and rule out others. Police announced Monday a pattern in which cars have been fired at on area highways and roads. The majority were in Kansas City, but 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.

Investigators are not releasing any suspect or suspect vehicle information because they 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 from their partners from other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

But with all the investigative manpower and technology being used, tips from the public remain one of the best resources in solving these crimes. The aforementioned reward of up to $10,000 now is available for information leading to an arrest in this case, thanks to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers, FBI and ATF. Anyone with information should call 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips also may be submitted electronically, or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is anonymous.