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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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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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lindiana12 April 18 2014 at 9:47 AM

reminds me of the DC sniper

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ja_petty lindiana12 April 18 2014 at 1:04 PM

I remember the DC sniper as being a marksman with his weapon. This guy is luckily not a marksman. We can all be thankful not one person is dead but then he still needs to be charged with this crime, charged, convicted of this crime which has not been done.

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Steve April 18 2014 at 7:29 AM

Why is nothing being done, to the people who have been apprehended, in the last decade or so?

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Zoe Steve April 18 2014 at 8:24 AM

What do you mean, "nothing"?

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daradams Zoe April 18 2014 at 8:36 AM

Check out the ones awaiting 'trial'.... does that help?

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ja_petty Steve April 18 2014 at 3:07 PM

What do you want done? There is a legal process they have to go through and takes time. You have to be patient

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hey April 18 2014 at 8:35 AM

if the guy is quilty lock him up, if you decide to be a danger to society you should e locked up for life, no more revolving doors, it has been proven child molesters and sex offenders cant be "fixed" so lock them up or execute them but remove them from society for good

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dave.diamond hey April 18 2014 at 9:02 AM

I am in total agreement as far as cho mo's and sex offenders as well as many other kinds of criminals, unfortunately anyone has the ability to cause harm to a society if they choose.

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rwitchwoman63 April 18 2014 at 8:20 AM

Crazy....what the hell is wrong with people these days!

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majorthomecho rwitchwoman63 April 18 2014 at 8:53 AM

So until recently people were all sane?

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lindiana12 majorthomecho April 18 2014 at 9:38 AM

no they just quit caring

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ja_petty majorthomecho April 18 2014 at 2:54 PM

Yes, I guess you could say recently for the last maybe 500 years or more.

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ja_petty rwitchwoman63 April 18 2014 at 2:52 PM

Somewhat mentally unbalanced might be a starting place to look but many/most won't look there.

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Kate April 18 2014 at 11:56 AM

As someone who lived in the D.C. area during the sniper attacks, I am thankful for the residents of the area that someone has been apprehended. There is very little more terrifying than to know someone is randomly shooting people-- and it's obvious that this person would not have stopped even if he or she had killed someone.

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majorthomecho April 18 2014 at 8:50 AM

Great way to observe someone's civil rights, Forte. People are only safe from the shooter IF this guy is the shooter so you have already convicted him in your mind.

And people were safe the entire time? Tell that to the people that were shot at and the people who were hit.

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.Charles Redden April 18 2014 at 12:58 PM

S..... like this gives guns a bad name d..m itiots,sorry a.. people.Should get death penilty not life in prison.

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Lindsay .Charles Redden April 18 2014 at 1:20 PM

Yeah, s.... like 30,000 people dying every year from guns will do that.

Death penalty? Have you read about all the prisoners on death row that have been found to be innocent in the last ten years?

We are the only civilized country that still has the death penalty. China has the most, then Iran, then the United States....

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orion15stars .Charles Redden April 18 2014 at 1:21 PM

He won't get either. He didn't kill anyone. Learn the law.

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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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