May 9, 2014

Two new charges added in highway shooting case

A grand jury in Jackson County on Friday indicted Mohammed P. Whitaker on 20 total charges stemming from the series of shootings earlier this year

Additional charges were filed Friday against the suspect accused in a string of shooting incidents along Kansas City-area highways.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Mohammed P. Whitaker of Grandview on 20 charges — the original 18 he faced related to nine shootings, plus two charges stemming from a March 18 shooting on Interstate 70 near Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.

In that incident, a bullet pierced a car door and hit the driver in the leg.

The new felony charges are unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action, prosecutors said.

Whitaker remains in custody, and his bond is set at $1 million.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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