Highway shootings put motorcyclists on alert but don't stop them - KCTV5

Highway shootings put motorcyclists on alert, but don't stop their rides

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GRANDVIEW, MO (KCTV) -

The search for the highway shooter enters another day.

More than 75 tips have come into the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline and police and investigators continue to heavily monitor the areas that have already been hit.

Kansas City police Chief Darryl Forté announced Friday that officials are up to 12 confirmed cases that are connected to the highway shootings, but several more might also be linked.

Police announced Monday a pattern in which cars have been fired at on area highways and roads. They've happened everywhere from Kansas City to Blue Springs to Lee's Summit and Leawood.

At Gail's Harley-Davidson just off Interstate 49 in Grandview, MO, thousands of bikers spent Saturday there for Gailapolooza, a big festival for motorcycle riders.

Great music and a friendly atmosphere are the only things that matter to Gail, the namesake of the annual festival at her Harley-Davidson dealership.

"On a beautiful day, just get out, ride your destination, spend time with your friends," she said.

But beneath the rocking tunes and new choppers is a worry among some bikers.

Being just south of where most of the highway shootings have taken place was on the minds of many. Some bikers did seem a little skittish about riding in Kansas City as they're more exposed than those riding in enclosed vehicles.

But the bikers also pointed out that they're also smaller and harder to hit.

Some say the news of the shootings has changed the way they ride. James Bone said it's something his family has talked about at home.

"My wife rides, I myself ride. We talk about that, just being cautious about what we do, where we go, what time of day we ride," he said.

They say riding a chopper already carries a certain degree of risk and they won't let a shooter keep them from cruising.

"Yeah, it's a concern. But you still have to go ride and do what you have to do," said motorcyclist James Bone.

"I worry more about stupid people on four wheels than I do things like that," said motorcyclist Krazy Karl.

Gail agrees with Karl's way of thinking. She said worrying about a shooter would take the joy out of riding an open road and give power to a criminal who preys on fear.

"People aren't as afraid as that shooter wants people to be," she said.

Authorities are still looking for the shooter. The string of shootings began in mid-March, but now they say they're no longer focusing on incidents just since early March. They are also investigating if cases dating back more than a year could be connected, and depending on what they find, they may need to go back further.

Three people have been hit with bullets, but all injuries were minor.

So far no incidents have involved a motorcycle.

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