Young woman killed in front of sons in apparent road rage incide - KCTV5

Young woman killed in front of sons in apparent road rage incident in Independence

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The victim has been identified as Whitney M. Gray. (GoFundMe) The victim has been identified as Whitney M. Gray. (GoFundMe)
Investigators are looking for a white SUV. (Independence police) Investigators are looking for a white SUV. (Independence police)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Police believe a 22-year-old woman's murder in Independence was the result of a possible road rage incident.

The victim has been identified as Whitney M. Gray.

Independence police were called about 7:40 p.m. Sunday to the 1600 block of South Sterling Avenue on a shooting that had just occurred.

Officers said Gray had been shot at the intersection of Winner Road and Sterling Avenue while driving a minivan with an 8-month-old, a 3-year-old and a 16-year-old in the car.

Gray's vehicle came to rest in the 1600 block of South Sterling Avenue which is where she was located by first responders. She had been shot one time and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fortunately, none of the juveniles in the vehicle were physical injured during the incident.

Brian Meiners says he couldn't believe it when he heard a young mother was killed right in front of her sons, just 3 years old and 8-months-old.

Gray also had a 16-year-old relative with her. 

"They can see there's kids in the car and they could do something different besides shooting a gun into a car with kids in the back," Meiners said. The suspect vehicle immediately fled the scene. The shooting appears to be the result of a road rage incident between the two vehicles, police said.

Investigators are looking for a white SUV. Police believe the shooter is a white man in his early 20s with a thin build. 

Police believe the Independence shooting has no connection to a random shooting in Lee's Summit. In both cases, a white SUV were being sought in connection. 

"Right now, we want people to call. We're asking for the public's help. We want people to call about this vehicle. Maybe a neighbor or somebody has that vehicle, lives next door, was in the area at the time. We want them to give us a call," Officer John Syme said. 

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