For the second time in just over a week, a motorist has reported to police gunshots being fired at his vehicle as he drove on an interstate in southeast Kansas City.
The most recent incident was reported about 12:30 a.m. Monday. A 40-year-old man told police that a gunshot fired from another vehicle struck him as he drove on Interstate 435 near the Holmes Road exit.
The man told police that a black Chrysler sedan pulled alongside his vehicle before he heard five to seven shots.
The man drove to a fire station at 99th Street and Holmes for help. He was taken to a hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening. According to the police report, the man had a gunshot wound to his upper left leg and a quarter-size abrasion on his left torso.
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On June 14, two women were in a vehicle on Interstate 435 near 85th Street when the driver’s-side window shattered. Broken glass cut the arm of the driver, a 52-year-old southwest Missouri woman.
She did not see where the shot came from but later found a shotgun pellet in her vehicle.
“I heard a loud bang, and a second later my window exploded,” she said Monday. “It happened so fast.”
The woman said she has had trouble sleeping since the experience and is afraid to even get in her car.
“This has got to stop,” she said. “They’re going to kill somebody.”
Capt. Tye Grant said Monday that police had no information to suggest that the two incidents were related.
Both incidents occurred in the general area where several highway shootings were reported last year. A suspect was arrested in those cases and remains in the Jackson County Jail, awaiting trial.