Serial Sniper Sought in Missouri Interstate Highway Shootings

Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 08:59 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A serial sniper has been targeting motorists along stretches of Interstates 435 and 470 and around Kansas City, Mo., over the past month. Three drivers have been wounded in the 13 shootings.

Two victims were reportedly shot in the legs while another was hit in the arm. No one has been killed. Ten of the 13 shootings have taken place in an area called the Three Trails Crossing, where three interstate highways intersect, OzarksFirst.com reported. 

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The majority of the shootings reportedly occurred in the late afternoon or early evening.

Though law enforcement is not ruling out the possibility that there are multiple shooters, authorities say they've found similarities in at least some of the 13 recent shootings, though they would not provide any further details.

Kansas City police have asked the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for assistance in the investigation. The joint task force is presently offering a $7,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case, ABC News reported.

"I looked around and felt the pain in the back of my leg and then I came back around and looked at my door and I noticed there was, uh, bullets in my door," one of the victims who asked to be identified as Chris, told KMBC-TV. "I was only a couple blocks from my home, so I went home and proceeded to have my fiance call 911."

"It's really scary to think that somebody is just out here with no regard to what could happen," added  Jennie Baugher, who recently found a bullet hole in her car.

The sniper shootings are reminiscent of the Beltway sniper shootings of October 2002, when John Allen Muhammad and his then 17-year-old accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo killed 10 and wounded another three people at interstates around Washington, D.C. and in Virginia. Muhammad was executed by lethal injection in 2009, while Malvo is presently serving six life sentences.

"Anytime you have a random shooter with no reason or mindset behind them that [is] just taking rounds and putting them into cars is causing a problem for everyone," Rich Marianos, a former ATF assistant director, told ABC News.

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