Investigators continue to follow leads in area highway shootings

04/10/2014 5:52 PM

04/11/2014 12:03 AM

Kansas City police on Thursday continued to investigate leads and follow tips on a rash of recent roadway shootings, including shots fired into a Leawood house near several other shootings.

When the Leawood residents returned March 28 to their townhome, which backs up to College Boulevard near Roe Avenue, they found a bullet on the floor, a hole in a window and a broken antique lamp, according to police reports released Thursday. Police also noted bullet damage to two walls, the ceiling and a wooden fence slat.

The victims didn’t know when the damage occurred but believe it was between March 25 and 28.

The house is near a loop of roads where several other possibly related shootings have been reported.

Police, federal agents and Highway Patrol troopers are reviewing about 20 shootings since early March that occurred on highways or major roads in the Kansas City area. The latest one happened Sunday night.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté has asked that the group of investigators meet daily to brief and strategize. Detectives have used information to link some of the cases, but they will not say how or how many.

Investigators released police reports and specific information about 13 cases that police analysts originally identified over the weekend as possibly being related. Police have not released information or reports from the additional cases being reviewed.

Of the original 13 cases, most occurred in south Kansas City, particularly near the Three Trails Crossing, also known as the Grandview Triangle.

All those shootings targeted moving vehicles near highway exits or road splits.

Bullets wounded three victims, none seriously. Police have recovered bullets from 11 of the cases.

The attacks have occurred mostly at night. Three daytime crimes occurred on Saturdays.

Police analysts are reviewing older cases of shots fired or vehicle damage that occurred on highways in the area to look for any correlation.

Meanwhile, police have beefed up patrols in the areas of the shootings, something motorists are noticing and mentioning on social media.

“A big thank you to the kcpolice for guarding our highways tonight,” one woman wrote, ending her message with “#Heroes.”

A reward of up to $7,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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