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Highway shootings shake up drivers around Kansas City

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By Shelby Lin Erdman

Shootings on roads and highways around Kansas City, Missouri, are rattling area motorists.

"Every time I pass a driver, we are both looking at one another, as we are all on the defense with the recent shootings," Amanda Fuller said in a Facebook post on the city Police Department's website. She said she drives the Interstate 435-470 corridor, where most of the shootings have occurred.

"It saddens me and it is a shame."

Local and federal authorities, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are trying to find out who is behind more than a dozen shootings over the past month -- 13 incidents between March 8 and April 6 on major highways and roads around the city, police said.

Most of the cars have been shot in the driver or front passenger door. Three people have been shot, but none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

Ten of the reported shootings were in Kansas City, and there's been one each in nearby Blue Springs, Leawood and Lee's Summit. Police are also looking into other claims to see if they should be added to the total. Some of those reports were for incidents before March 8, police said

No new shootings have been reported since Sunday night, but police say they expect the numbers to change as they investigate more incidents and rule out others.

One of the victims, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN affiliate KCTV on Tuesday that three bullets went through his driver side door Sunday night as he was heading east on I-435 near I-470.

A bullet struck him in the calf. "We just don't know if they're doing it until they finally kill someone, or is it just for fun? We just want to know why," the victim's wife said.

"It's unaimed, not targeted," motorist Ashley Quinn told KCTV. "You don't know who they are shooting at. It could be anybody,"

Police are increasing their presence on the roads in areas where the shootings have occurred, and some drivers said they were taking secondary roads, especially after nightfall.

"I have seen upwards of six cruisers on my evening drive, and those are just the ones that have been obvious," according to a post from Jennifer Mason on the police Facebook page. She says the increased presence makes her feel safer.

Investigators are asking drivers to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity immediately. Many residents are confident police will figure out who is taking aim at drivers.

"It's not going to change my life." Kansas City BP service manager Chris Wilson said. "I still feel safe on the road. ... The police will probably catch whoever is behind these shootings."

Authorities are offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
   
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