KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A Kansas City man faces murder charges after police say he chased down the wrong car following an altercation and killed a 71-year-old woman.
Dakkota S. Siders, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, armed criminal action and delivery of a controlled substance.
Police initially responded to reports of an injured driver Wednesday on Interstate 70 near Interstate 35 around 3 a.m. and discovered the victim, Barbra J. Harper, who was already deceased.
Officers said Harper had suffered a gunshot wound, and further investigation found holes in the headrest of the passenger side seat of her vehicle that appeared to be from gunfire, broken driver’s and passenger-side windows and shell casings in the roadway near the vehicle.
Investigators obtained surveillance video from city traffic cameras that showed a vehicle, later determined by police to be driven by Siders, speeding behind Harper’s car before Harper’s car slammed into the guard rail and Siders’ vehicle exited onto Harrison Street.
Police tracked Siders to his residence and were able to take him into custody. When they did, they discovered a 9 mm handgun in his waistband and another 9 mm handgun in his armpit, along with a large amount of cash and a smartphone.
Investigators said they also found another handgun and three pounds of marijuana, as well as scales and plastic sandwich bags, inside Siders’ home.
While investigating Siders connection to the shooting of Harper, detectives determined that he had been involved in a shooting incident near the Shady Lady on East 12 Street just before the killing of Harper after analysis of shell casings from both locations showed the rounds had been fired from the same gun.
Court records indicate that detectives believe Siders may have mistaken Harper’s car for a person involved in the Shady Lady dispute.
Siders was a convicted felon on probation for drug trafficking.
He is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
On Thursday night, KCTV5 News was working to learn more about the victim.
When city cameras captured Harper getting on I-70 at Askew, she was apparently leaving her late night job to head home.
Her neighbors said she worked at a United States Postal Office sorting facility.
Just one minute and 29 seconds later, she was shot from another car on the highway.
One of the victim’s neighbors said the woman and her husband treated her son with special needs as if he was their own.
“They’ve always been so good and gone out of their way for him,” Nancy Hauber said. “This is just something this neighborhood is not used to, and it’s just a shock to hear something like this happening.”
"I can't even process this," she said. "She's a wonderful lady and we will miss her."