By Christine Vendel, The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City police have developed information that links some of the 13 recent shootings on area highways and roadways, they said Tuesday.
Investigators won’t say how many they’ve linked or whether they used suspect descriptions, ballistic comparisons or other means to link them.
Police discussed several additional similar shootings at a briefing Tuesday morning but don’t have enough information to add those incidents to the possible pattern of 13 identified by police analysts over the weekend, said police spokesman Capt. Tye Grant, who attended the briefing.
Also on Tuesday, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives donated $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to an arrest in connection to the highway and roadway shootings. The donation brings the total available reward to $7,000.
The shootings, which are drawing national media attention, started March 8 and apparently accelerated recently with at least one shooting reported each day from last Wednesday until Sunday night. No new shootings have been reported since Sunday night, Grant said.
Police, along with federal agents and highway patrol officials, filled a room at a police annex to standing-room only Tuesday morning to discuss new strategies to catch the shooter or shooters, who apparently are targeting innocent motorists with a handgun.
“This is a huge cooperative effort,” Grant said.
Although authorities developed some new strategies, they don’t plan to discuss them publicly, Grant said.
Eleven of the shootings occurred on highways. Most were in or near Three Trails Crossing, also known as the Grandview Triangle.