Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire as they drove along area highways, many in an area called the Grandview Triangle, where three interstate highways intersect.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -
Police are asking federal investigators to help determine whether more than a dozen shootings in less than a month along Kansas City-area roads and highways are connected.
The number of possible highway shooting incidents could now be as high as 17 or 18.
A source tells KCTV5 News that two more drivers reported someone shot at their cars, and two more reports are under review.
As of Wednesday morning, authorities have connected six of the shootings, but that number could rise, according to sources.
Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire as they drove along area highways, many in an area called the Three Trails Crossing, where three interstate highways intersect.
Ten of the 13 shootings happened in Kansas City, including Sunday evening when a 56-year-old man was eastbound on Interstate 435 near I-470 when he was shot in the left calf.
"I was freaking out, making sure he called 911," said the daughter of the shooting victim.
For the wife and daughter of the Blue Springs, MO, man, a disturbing phone call from him Sunday night has left them feeling frightened and frustrated, even fortunate.
"Very, very fortunate that his injury was a bullet to the calf because this could have been worse," said the victim's wife.
The man, who did not want to be identified, is the most recent victim in the series of highway shootings and is one of the three injured. Three bullets struck his car. One went through the driver's side door and went straight through his calf.
"We don't know if they are doing it until they kill someone or doing it for fun. We want to know why," said the victim's daughter. "I was glad it got stuck in the door. It could have gone in his back and paralyzed him. How would he have stopped the car?"
The other three shootings were in Leawood, Blue Springs and Lee's Summit.
Police Chief Darryl Forté met with FBI officials on Monday and has asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist.
The victim said he didn't see any cars around and sources have confirmed police believe it's possible the shooter or shooters were on foot, hiding and waiting.
"It's horrible and unfortunate. It's just random. I work in an operating room. If people only realized it's someone's loved one on a table we are trying to fix, it might stop them from doing something so senseless," said the victim's wife.
Up to a $7,000 reward is now available for information leading to an arrest in the shootings.
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