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Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings

KC Police Arrest Highway Shooting Suspect

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) -- Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that the suspect is male and lives in Grandview, a suburb south of the city that is home to the Grandview Triangle, where several highways intersect and where at least six of the reported shootings happened.

Forte didn't release the name or age of the suspect, saying he hoped to be able to discuss the case in further detail at a news conference Friday.

"We're here now to basically let people know someone has been apprehended," an upbeat Forte told reporters at an impromptu news conference about 50 yards from a house where the suspect was taken into custody earlier in the day. "I wanted to make sure the residents and those who travel through Kansas City know they're safe. They've been safe the whole time."

Investigators could be seen searching the single-story four-plex Thursday night, and a tow truck hauled away a green Dodge Neon that was parked behind house, which is about two blocks from U.S. 49 and south of the Grandview Triangle.

Forte said the Jackson County prosecutor's office would determine if there is enough evidence to warrant pressing formal charges.

Detectives and analysts started noticing a pattern two weeks ago after reports of random shootings started coming in. Earlier this week, investigators were looking into about 20 reports of shootings, but that number has fluctuated as some reports were cleared and others came in.

Late last week, police said they had connected a dozen shootings to the same person. Forte has said little to this point about how the shootings were linked or what kind of vehicle the suspect drove.

Two of the wounded drivers were shot in the leg and the third was shot in the arm. None of their wounds were considered life-threatening.

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kazz23 April 17 2014 at 8:51 PM

Glad they caught this person.

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kazz23 kazz23 April 17 2014 at 8:51 PM

"Alleged" person....

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khboking kazz23 April 17 2014 at 9:18 PM

alleged shooter!!!!! he's definitely a person....lol

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Richard April 17 2014 at 9:10 PM

Didn't this same type of thing happen a few years ago? Sounds like a copy cat crime, and it seems to be getting worse. Too much advertising these things to make morbid minds repeat these crimes as I see.

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uncloose1 Richard April 17 2014 at 9:18 PM

If the media doesn't report it they'd have nothing to do. We all know they don't report on anything the president does.

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Richard uncloose1 April 17 2014 at 10:18 PM

I agree. News used to be great, but now NEWS=Nobody Educated Worth $hit to get a paycheck.

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ja_petty uncloose1 April 18 2014 at 9:01 PM

They report on his Affordable Healthcare Act when the house on Pennsylvania Ave asks them to report on the figures those lying scum dreamed up and when the house on Pennsylvania Ave says the Republicans are mistreating them. The media is right on the spot.

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esheafferb April 17 2014 at 9:09 PM

I hope this shooter is driving a black pick-up truck. Then, the KC police might have the person that shot and killed a man on RT. 83 South in York Pa.

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aerodecals April 17 2014 at 9:07 PM

and to just go out and randomly shoot people any people just people, what does that tell you about this individual . and how many more of these types of people are out there and when will they " do their thing " whatever that is , where in the hell are we headed and why?

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Richard aerodecals April 17 2014 at 10:25 PM

Down the tubes with the dumbed down society, and the you owe me even though I didn't work for it attitude. Parenting needs a whole new rewrite, but real discipline and making kids responsible and respectful has become a thing of the past and now frowned on. Thank Dr. Spock for that, what a twit.

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gramargo Richard April 18 2014 at 1:32 AM

Did you ever read Dr. Spock's book on child raising? He believed in discipline, just not in beating good behavior into children. He also believed in responsibility and respect from everyone. I had the original book and used many of the ideas in it while raising my children, and they all turned out to be very respectful, responsible people and are raising their own children to be the same way. Some not too bright person started the whole rumor about Dr. Spock's beliefs, and others, also not too bright, got caught up in it. You do know the book was written over 50 years ago, don't you? From what I've seen, it's only in the last couple of decades when people have had to work two jobs to keep a roof over their heads that we've had so many problems. And they're with a minority of our children, with most of them being pretty good kids, growing up to be good adults.

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bueybeast April 18 2014 at 3:53 AM

**** you aol...all that typing and then claiming tech problems

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pianomanjames bueybeast April 18 2014 at 4:34 AM

heee heee

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jgasreltibbetts April 17 2014 at 9:53 PM

I hope so. My kids live right in KC. Have been worried...

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skinnycat April 17 2014 at 8:56 PM

There isn't a whole lot of info here as yet/

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darlastar44 April 17 2014 at 10:09 PM


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g8rrick April 17 2014 at 11:03 PM

Hopefully they caught the jerk. We have several of these clowns in FL over the years.

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justworkinggirl April 17 2014 at 9:13 PM

Way to go KCPD. Excellent police work!

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