Gunman in highway incident mouthed ‘pow’ or ‘boom’ before pointing weapon

04/15/2014 11:26 PM

04/15/2014 11:26 PM

The motorist who reportedly pulled a gun on a woman traveling through Three Trails Crossing on Monday mouthed the word “pow” or “boom,” according to a police report released Tuesday.

The report provided additional details about the incident at 1:35 p.m. Monday on northbound Interstate 49 north of Red Bridge Road. Police aren’t sure if it is connected to a recent string of shootings on highways and roadways. Most of the shootings occurred in Kansas City, and most were in or near Three Trails Crossing.

No shots were fired in Monday’s reported incident. A 42-year-old woman told police she was approaching Interstate 470 when a blue or silver car pulled up to her left. She glanced over and the passenger waved at her. A short time later, she glanced over again and this time the passenger was pointing a handgun at her. He mouthed something to her, and she immediately hunched down in her seat and accelerated toward the I-470 ramp, she told police.

The car with the reported gunman continued onto Interstate 435, she said.

The woman appeared “extremely distraught,” according to the police report, which did not include any suspect descriptions.

Police don’t know if the incident is connected to the recent spree of 12 linked shootings, which have wounded three motorists, or whether it is an isolated incident or a copycat, said spokesman Capt. Tye Grant.

“Further investigation will determine that,” he said.

Meanwhile, police are reviewing a reported shooting that occurred about 7 a.m. April 3 on Interstate 470 near Lakewood Boulevard. The Missouri Highway Patrol took the report of a truck driver who believed another motorist shot at him. No further details were available.

Sgt. Collin Stosberg of the patrol said troopers had increased their patrols in the area.

Police have investigated several reports of gun incidents on highways that turned out not to involve guns. But police say they want all the information they can get from the public.

“This investigation is too important for us to disregard anything,” Grant said.

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