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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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Sarah April 19 2014 at 5:49 AM

If he committed the crime, he's guilty. What does race or color have to do with it?

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Intense Insanity Sarah April 19 2014 at 6:23 AM

The same thing it has to do with (99.9%) of all similar stories ... where everyone thrives on turning everything into a racial matter. WELCOME TO MODERN DAY SOCIETY!!

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tradermike24 April 19 2014 at 6:59 AM

Hang him!!!

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derekx9 April 18 2014 at 5:53 PM

did big sis (ie the govt) catch him via traffic camera or what?

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Intense Insanity April 18 2014 at 4:42 PM

This only shows (without much doubt left) why the American prison systems are so engulfed with an overwhelming majority of one color ...

And they think it's because people in the judicial system are just being racial ... !!

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screen 1 Intense Insanity April 18 2014 at 5:01 PM

No one but Muslims would name their kid Mohammed, or change their name to Mohammed like very many black Muslims have done, not to difficult to figure that part out. This only shows (without much doubt left), just how dumb you are.

But, who is Frazier Glenn Cross and his religion? Any relevance to this story at all??

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Intense Insanity screen 1 April 18 2014 at 5:09 PM

And what does his or his family ties to being a Muslim have to do with anything? The fact is ... that HE is still considered a Black Male.

On his drivers license, I'd bet it says Black Male
On his birth certificate I'd bet it says Black Male
On his voters registration card, yep, you got it ... Black Male

DOESN'T SAY ... born black but due to technical difficulties, he is now a certified Muslim!! Muslim is NOT a race!! UM ... This only shows (without much doubt left), just how dumb you are.

Thanks!!

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fobesq April 19 2014 at 7:02 AM

Good work Kansas City!!! Hang that sucker!!!

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cayce58 April 18 2014 at 4:40 PM

When you crowd too many rats into a cage some get aggresive and some get anxiety striken and cower in the corners. Sound like our world.

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Susanctuary78 cayce58 April 18 2014 at 4:45 PM

Name me one Christian or Jew named Mohammed.

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tzulu11953 April 18 2014 at 5:54 PM

Has he gone thru the INS process or was he born here? Mohammed is the John Smith of America now. Can his religion or beliefs be brought up in trial? That would be racial profiling. Is he just another gun totting GAS HOLE with new targets? What's next a Mohammed landing a 777 on an expressway during rush hour. Beef Up America

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roadkingbruce April 18 2014 at 5:55 PM

These muslims all should killed in prison and soaked in pigs blood .
You can't trust any of them, they all want us dead. ahlah is satan and these pigs are nothing but his followers.

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chasrhudson April 18 2014 at 4:39 PM

Assuming he is guilty. Give him the death penalty and forget the 20 year appeal. Let him go to the Federal District and then Federal Circuit then to the Supreme Court and if still guilty put him down, Stop all these appeals

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sadiemae1214 chasrhudson April 18 2014 at 4:49 PM

Death penalty? He didn't kill anyone.

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trillian79 sadiemae1214 April 18 2014 at 5:24 PM

So you think he should have another shot at it? Thank heaven he is a poor shot! Attempted murder is reason enough. Or maybe you'd like him to be freed so he can shoot at you or one of your loved ones? Just asking.

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Tim April 18 2014 at 4:43 PM

Yes, once again... Islam... such a peaceful religion... hmmm... is something wrong here

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jejozi Tim April 18 2014 at 4:51 PM

Ya wanna compare the amount of blood shed in this country by alleged christians? So called followers of the Prince of Peace....hmmmm...something is wrong here.

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