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Mohammed Whitaker charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference that 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker of Grandview has been charged with 18 felony counts and is being held on $1 million bail. Baker said Whitaker was charged with two counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and injuring a person, seven counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and nine counts of armed criminal action.

At least six of the shootings occurred near Grandview. The Kansas City suburb is home to an area known as the Grandview Triangle, where three interstates and U.S. 50 intersect.

Other shootings were reported in the Missouri suburbs of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit and Leawood, Kan. Two of the wounded drivers were shot in the leg, and the third was shot in the arm. None of their wounds was considered life-threatening.

The last confirmed shooting believed to be connected to the case was reported April 6, about a month after the shootings began.

Whitaker was taken into custody Thursday at a home near Interstate 49, one of the highways that intersects at the Grandview Triangle. Police also confiscated a dark green Dodge Neon.

Police began noticing a pattern about two weeks ago after receiving reports of apparently random shootings at vehicles. Earlier this month, investigators were looking into about 20 reports of shootings, but that number has fluctuated. Late last week, police said they had connected a dozen shootings to the same person, but they have said little else about how the shootings were linked or what kind of vehicle the suspect drove.

Police did not say what led them to the suspect, but have said they received more than 100 tips. A reward of up to $10,000 was offered for information leading to an arrest. Police haven't said if anyone will be claiming the reward money.

Kansas City Roadway Shooting Suspect in Custody

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Tigerstrpe1 April 18 2014 at 8:05 PM

so did he pass the background check or is he just another criminal that had a gun iiiiiilegally.

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dalesemail Tigerstrpe1 April 18 2014 at 8:22 PM

Hey! Thanks to the NRA lobbying, you don't have to undergo a background check to buy a firearm! Simply buy the gun over the internet or at a gun show. Thanks to you NRA for yet another shooting spree!

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pdc458 dalesemail April 18 2014 at 8:31 PM

Are you naturally stupid? Or do you have to work at it?

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blak7777 April 18 2014 at 4:58 PM

Let' me guess....This is George Bush's fault?

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skiyourbunsoff blak7777 April 18 2014 at 5:08 PM

Don't forget Cheney, too.

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goodgirl blak7777 April 18 2014 at 5:12 PM

Yep. Bush fault. This "leader" remained in office after knowing what color those croc's were eating during Katrina....

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Tjbooth01 April 18 2014 at 4:58 PM

Mohammed...

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dal April 18 2014 at 6:21 PM

Just put a bumper sticker on his little green Dodge Neon the reads ( ALL TRUCKERS ARE GAY!) send him out on the highway and let the games begin! ; )

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blak7777 April 18 2014 at 4:57 PM

Ummm the article didn't say anything about him being singled out cause of skin color. It's based on what he DID. No one raised h*ll when the media declared George Zimmerman a hispanic "caucasian".

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rlbeard6734 blak7777 April 18 2014 at 5:06 PM

I did George Zimmerman didnt look one bit caucausian, about 1/4 black and the rest hispanic.

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rivers360 April 18 2014 at 4:56 PM

Mohammed? Is that a Russian name?

Just kidding.

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tradebiz99 April 18 2014 at 4:56 PM

The press HATED that this was the name and that he is a muslim!!!! Reminds me of the muslim who shot up the US base... MSNBC actually APOLOGIZED that it was a muslim!?!?!?

Wanna know some more Fun Facts about the peacful religion of islam????

I saw this on ole BBC the other day, stuff our media seems to forget!!!
Turns out there are 10 ACTIVE wars being fought around the globe right now, NOT Including the US Afghan war!!! And 9 of those 10 wars are muslims fighting to either take control of a country or split a country into muslim and NON-muslim countries!!!
9 OUT OF 10!!!!!!

A war hasn't been fought in the name of Christianity in CENTURIES!!!

Then there is the FACT that the REGULAR quran and NOT some extreme version has several DOZEN references Teaching that all NON muslims must be KILLED!!!!
The bible...... NOT ONE reference of KILLING non Christians!!! Only the enemies aligned with the devil!!!

And of course there are women..... The REGULAR quran teaches that women are the same as Livestock Possessions!!!
And the bible....... that women are to be protected!!!

But no no.... the libs got it right that the poor muslims are not at fault or dangerous.... its NOT a religion that teaches violence and that women are less than human.... In those 9 out of 10 wars, it is EVERYONE else's fault and they were provoked!!! LOL!!!
Last time I checked it takes WAY more than a few "extremist, bad seeds" to wage a war let alone 9!!!
SMH!!!

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James M. Adams April 19 2014 at 4:45 AM

His prophet was a pedophile.

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mvp3395 April 19 2014 at 5:26 AM

This arsehole should be locked up for life.

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Dan April 18 2014 at 4:53 PM

Ready the gallows or the guillotine.

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