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Science behind catching the highway shooter explained

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What can police learn from the bullet holes and shell casings left behind by the shooter?

Experts at the University of Central Missouri say, given the nature of the crime, it takes time to catch the shooter.

"I think it'd be a hard case to solve and I know they're doing their best to try, but the random nature of this makes it an extremely hard case," said Dr. Gregg Etter with the University of Central Missouri.

Etter spent years in law enforcement and is now an associate professor of criminal justice at the university. He looked at crime scene photos from the highway shooter case and said it's likely a larger caliber semi-automatic handgun or hunting-style rifle that's being used.

"What this tells me is this is a larger-caliber bullet. This is not a BB. It might be a pistol or rifle bullet," he said.

He also says it appears the shooter could've been lying in the grass or in a passing car, depending on which shot you look at. While both police and the public desperately want an arrest, Etter warns that this is hard work, tedious at best in the face of real danger.

"You walk the ditches looking for something this small and that's a lot of work, a lot of manpower, a lot of dedication," he said.

Etter said this could very well be the work of a spree shooter, which is likely random and could affect anyone.

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