13 Kansas City Motorists Shot In Separate Incidents; Possible Connection?


Someone shot a driver in the leg on Interstate 435 Sunday night in Kansas City, the 13th such shooting at a motorist in the area within a month, reports the Kansas City Star. Eleven of the 13 reported shootings that police think may be related occurred on highways, most of them near where two interstate highways converge in southeast Kansas City.

The latest victim, a 57-year-old man, was driving east on I-435 when he heard two bangs. He thought he had run over something on the highway but then noticed a pain in his leg that he initially thought was a cramp. He reached down, touched his calf and saw blood on his hand. He pulled over and called 911. Police think the shooter in most cases used a handgun. Officers recovered spent bullets from at least six vehicles. Detectives don't have a reliable description of a suspect to release but think the shooter mostly fires from a vehicle. Police Chief Darryl Forté thinks more motorists may have been victims but may have not reported it to law enforcement or realized they were shot at on a highway.

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