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Advice for drivers in light of highway shootings

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The rash of highway shootings in the Kansas City area has drivers rightfully nervous. So, what should you do if you spot something suspicious?  Police say remember this acronym, C-Y-M-B-O-L. The rash of highway shootings in the Kansas City area has drivers rightfully nervous. So, what should you do if you spot something suspicious? Police say remember this acronym, C-Y-M-B-O-L.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The rash of highway shootings in the Kansas City area has drivers rightfully nervous. So, what should you do if you spot something suspicious?

Police say remember this acronym, C-Y-M-B-O-L.

It stands for the following: color of the car, year of the car, make and model of the car, and the body type. The car's occupants-how many people were in the car. And, the license plate number.

Police said until they arrest the person or persons shooting at vehicles, being cautious and aware of your surroundings will help.

 "I think everybody wants this taken care of so we can go on with our lives," said Kelsey Lohnmeyer, a student at Longview Community College. 

Sgt. Joe Fanara with the Blue Springs Police Department also said don't ignore unusual sounds like a rock striking your car or a blown tire.

"Notice your surroundings at the time of that sound. What direction you were traveling in, a mile-marker, the next exit, is there a local business nearby?" Fanara said.

Looking back, driver Dejon Quinn, said he thinks he might have been a victim. Quinn said he heard several gunshots near his car when he exited onto westbound Interstate 435 last week.

"I thought it was somebody after me, come to find out there was more than one," Quinn said.

And, if the worst happens, and you're actually struck by a bullet or what you think might be a bullet, don't stop or pull over on the highway. Unless you're hurt or can't move, find the nearest exit and leave the highway.

"Pull over to a safe location, a well-lighted area, a local convenient store," Fanara said.

Police add you shouldn't try to follow a suspect or confront them. Instead, call 911 immediately.

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