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Gunman on I-435 fires at truck containing an 11-year-old girl

Updated: 2013-08-23T23:39:59Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A driver who thought a pickup truck cut him off during rush hour Friday morning opened fire at the truck, which carried a driver and an 11-year-old passenger, Kansas City police said.

Three bullets struck the truck, but no one was hit by the 7:50 a.m. gunfire on Interstate 435 a quarter mile east of Wornall Road. The gunman pulled off the highway at the Wornall exit, police said.

The 50-year-old pickup truck driver said he was westbound when traffic began to slow, possibly because of a six-vehicle crash on the interstate near Nall Avenue.

He switched lanes in front of the gunman’s vehicle, prompting the driver to pass him and fire at him and his daughter. A 59-year-old woman driving next to the victims heard something hit her vehicle, then saw the victims ducking, which is when she realized someone was firing a gun.

After the gunman drove away on Wornall, the victims and witness pulled over and called police. Officers noted in their police report that bullets struck the pickup truck’s muffler, tire rim and tire, flattening the rear tire.

Police did not find any bullet holes in the vehicle of the witness, although she told police there was some new damage to her passenger side door.

The gunman was driving a red sports car with a partial Missouri license plate of 9H7. He had a female passenger. The car was clean and shiny and could be a BMW or Audi, said Detective Chason Crowell.

Anyone with information about the shots being fired is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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