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April 16, 2014

Police investigate whether incident on Bruce R. Watkins Drive is connected to highway shootings

The occupants of a minivan reported that one of the vehicle’s windows may have been shot out Wednesday afternoon while driving along Bruce R. Watkins Drive at 59th Street in Kansas City. None of the four people in the van was injured.

The occupants of a minivan reported that one of the vehicle’s windows may have been shot out Wednesday afternoon while driving along Bruce R. Watkins Drive in Kansas City.

Police were investigating whether the incident was connected to the series of recent highway and roadway shootings at motorists.

Wednesday’s incident reportedly occurred on Bruce R. Watkins Drive at 59th Street, but the motorist did not call police until about an hour later from a different location, police said.

None of the four people in the van was injured.

They told police that they thought they heard two gunshots and then noticed that a rear window was broken. They drove home and cleaned up the broken glass before calling police.

Officers were unable to find any evidence of a shooting at the reported scene of the incident. They could see no damage inside the minivan, and no bullets or holes were found. The victims did not report a description of a possible suspect vehicle.

Earlier Wednesday, police said they were continuing to investigate the shootings that have occurred in the area since early March.

Investigators had received 114 tips as of noon Wednesday. A reward of up to $10,000 is available for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

Authorities last week linked 12 shooting incidents from Kansas City, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Leawood. Three people have been struck with bullets. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Investigators from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies meet each day, share information and discuss any updates.

Police have not released suspect information because investigators do not want to provide misinformation or lead the public to focus on a specific type of vehicle or person.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips also may be sent electronically at

www.kccrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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