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Police: Roadway shooting investigation remains high priority

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A woman reported having her car's rear window shot out near 59th Street and Highway 71 about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. (Brett Hacker/KCTV) A woman reported having her car's rear window shot out near 59th Street and Highway 71 about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. (Brett Hacker/KCTV)
No injuries were reported, but a rear window was shot out. No injuries were reported, but a rear window was shot out.
Police are investigating if Wednesday's report is connected to the other string of highway shootings. Police are investigating if Wednesday's report is connected to the other string of highway shootings.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Police continue to place a high priority on the investigation of a pattern of recent roadway shootings around the Kansas City metropolitan area, they said in a release Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Kansas City Police Department said a group of men reported having their van's rear window shot out near 59th Street and Highway 71 about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

Police were interviewing the driver Wednesday. They continue to investigate whether this shooting is connected to the recent string but, as of Thursday, don't believe it is.

"Sometimes it's a little like a needle in a haystack, but they have come up with some very interesting things through the law enforcement research center crunching data and getting good tips," said Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James.

No new shooting incidents have taken place since April 6. Police say they are thoroughly investigating all reports of incidents that may be related and remind the public that a reward of up to $10,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Investigators from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies continue to meet daily about the shooting pattern to discuss updates and share information and analysis.

"It's very active. The core group of law-enforcement meets every day to review what they've done in previous 24 hours and sketch out what they're going to do in the next," James said.

Police announced last week that they have positively linked 12 shooting incidents that have taken place on roadways in Kansas City, MO, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit and Leawood. Three people have been hit with bullets, and their injuries were not life-threatening.

In addition to the 12 cases, authorities say they continue to get additional ones daily.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said they are investigating damage to a vehicle that happened on April 3 at 7 a.m. that may be related to the other recent highway shootings.

Troopers said a vehicle was damaged on Interstate 470 near Lakewood Boulevard. The driver was not hurt, but there was damage to his car. Whether that damage was done by a bullet or a rock or other highway debris hasn't been determined.

Investigators are still refraining from releasing any suspect or suspect vehicle information because they do not want to provide misinformation, nor do they want the public to focus too closely on a specific type of vehicle or person. Investigators do not want to rule out any possibilities.

Officers continue to provide an increased presence in the areas of the shootings. As always, motorists should remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911. The sooner police are notified, the higher the probability they can apprehend the suspect(s).

James insists investigators are making good progress, but they have their work cut out for them.

"They're trying to catch a random person in a vehicle that's only marginally been described who could be any place in the city at any time doing whatever," he said.

The aforementioned reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to an arrest in this case, thanks to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers, FBI and ATF. The TIPS Hotline has received 114 tips on the case as of noon Wednesday.

Anyone with information should call 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips also may be submitted electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com, or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is anonymous.

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