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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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brad April 18 2014 at 7:18 PM

I'm sorry but this diversity thing isn't grabbing me yet....

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cigan brad April 18 2014 at 7:32 PM

When it does, it will be by the low hanging fruit.....

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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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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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KATHI AND JOHN April 18 2014 at 5:03 PM

if it was you on one of those highways.....................would you still think the same way?

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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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Dummy Girl April 18 2014 at 5:01 PM

So nothing better to do with your time, huh? Let's see how you feel sitting on your a** in jail for a long while. Bum!

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vetter66 Dummy Girl April 18 2014 at 5:12 PM

thats why he did it 3 square meals roof over his head

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Hello Sean ;) April 18 2014 at 5:00 PM

Two questions; What race were the targeted, and will he also be tried for hate crimes?

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Jack Hello Sean ;) April 18 2014 at 5:09 PM

If they were white he will be set free after questioning. If black, he will be charged with a hate crime.

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gov111w April 18 2014 at 4:58 PM

His victims were all of one Race, why was that not reported after his arrest. If this was say a white shooter and his victims all , say, Black...it would have been blasted all over the media ... all I'm looking for is equal and truthful reporting .. something that seems to have been lacking in recent years !!

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robjango59 gov111w April 18 2014 at 5:15 PM

Black Americans and White Americans are not equal and they are not the same. Blacks are an exploited and victimized minority. Where was the media when black women were getting raped everyday for 300 years? And where was the media when their infants were sold and men murdered? 300 years of terrorism doesn't die overnight.

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Pirate Pete robjango59 April 18 2014 at 5:28 PM

"Raped every day for 300 years" ??? Maybe in Africa!

"Infants sold and men murdered"??? Who was doing the selling and where did they get they from?

Finally: Who told you??? Did you personally witness any of this? Blacks kill far more blacks than whites do - check the US crime statistics.

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zebra365 robjango59 April 18 2014 at 6:26 PM

Are you trying to parody the 1970's racially correct movement? Or are you just another whining loser who wants to blame other people for their failures?

You can't even sell that, "I'm a victim of racial discrimination" to educated black people, much less sell it to educated whites, Asians or Hispanics.

If you are a loser, and that's the way you present yourself to other people, they will buy it. Nobody has an obligation to convince you that you are not a loser.

So if you want to be a loser because of the color of your skin, have at it, you'll make it. Nobody else has to live your life but you.

Just remember, you had a choice.

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Jack gov111w April 18 2014 at 5:15 PM

You will never read or observe in the left-wing-biased MSM, balance. Read "WHITE GIRL BLEED A LOT" by Colin Flaherty, and if you claim that you were never a racist, you will become one after reading the book.

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