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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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Microdac April 18 2014 at 5:35 PM

GREAT Police work. I hope he is the one for sure. If he is, for sure, then there's no sympathy from me. What an A**H***! By the way, if he is the man, I think bail is way too low. This sort of behavior should not require bail of any kind.

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lvispelvis April 18 2014 at 8:15 PM

Can we shoot back now??

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carpro33 lvispelvis April 18 2014 at 8:24 PM

Oh NOOOO you can't. Some politicians or even Holder would call THAT a "hate" crime. I say SCREW PC AND ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN IT. BETTER YET, SHOOT them !

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SAM April 18 2014 at 8:15 PM

we were very lucky that this guy could not shoot striaght

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carpro33 April 18 2014 at 8:22 PM

My, my, what a SURPRISE. Cop-cat or an "original"???

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mulqueen April 18 2014 at 8:31 PM

Dea by lethal injection of pigs blood. Followed by wrapping in a pig carcass ans shipped to Iran.

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Grey Ghost mulqueen April 18 2014 at 8:43 PM

you my "friend" are just an A** HOLE

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Grey Ghost Grey Ghost April 18 2014 at 8:44 PM

who BTW can't spell to good either

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hanlon1212 April 18 2014 at 8:57 PM

Put him in a wood chipper.

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kathangakariuki April 18 2014 at 9:10 PM

It's a good thing that this idiot Whitaker was finally captured and arrested by the police; because it was a matter of time before he probably could've killed someone.

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Cruz April 18 2014 at 9:18 PM

Put him in his car in a caged area and let the victims shoot at him, then toss him in jail.

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hipoint33 April 18 2014 at 9:33 PM

What's his problem?

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Ed April 18 2014 at 9:34 PM

This is some mixed up ****!!!. He thinks just because he takes a Muslim name he is an Arab. Just like me taking an Irish name and thinking I'm Irish.

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Lew Tripp Ed April 18 2014 at 9:47 PM

OH come on, O'mally.

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hdhighrider77 Ed April 18 2014 at 9:56 PM

Have you seen the picture and the story? If it walks like a duck...

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