Court Documents Reveal New Details in KC Highway Shooting

3 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Friday, April 18 2014 Apr 18, 2014 Friday, April 18, 2014 2:38:00 PM CDT April 18, 2014 in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - Jackson County prosecutors released new information Friday regarding charges against a Grandview man in connection to a series of shootings along I-70 in Kansas City.

Mike Mansur with the Jackson County Prosecutor's office said Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, faces 18 felony counts after 12 separate incidents where prosecutors said Whitaker fired at cars driving along the interstate.

Kansas City Police arrested Whitaker Thursday. The probable cause statement said Whitaker initially claimed to be a victim of the "highway shooter."

The series of incidents began March 18. The Kansas City Police Department said the first of the victims drove westbound on I-70 from Northwest 7 Hwy when he heard two loud pops. The victim told police he realized he had been shot in the lower leg and three bullet holes had pierced his car. Police said several minutes later another car was shot at.

Kansas City Police said these types incidents occurred over the next three weeks sending multiple victims to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

On April 9, a witness told Kansas City Police she was followed by a man with a mask over his face driving a light green vehicle. She told police the windows were rolled down and the vehicle had damage to its front driver's side. She told police she was able to take down the license plate number before driving off.

Police matched the license plate received from the TIPS Hotline the day before with the witness' record of the car following her.

Kansas City Police said ballistics tests from the series of shootings confirmed the use .380 caliber bullets found during the highway shootings.

Kansas City Police identified Whitaker as a suspect after another witness told them on April 9, he found a bag of .380 ammunition in a Walmart bag. The probable cause statement said fingerprints on the boxes of ammunition matched back to Whitaker.

Police said the department also obtained surveillance video of Whitaker driving in blind spots of cars along I-70.

The complaint filed in the Jackson County Circuit Court given to KOMU 8 News indicates Whitaker faces seven counts of Unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of unlawful use of weapon that resulted in injury and nine counts of armed criminal action.

Here is a copy of the probable cause statement: MPWhitakerPC.pdf

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