“I don’t really want to drive on the highway,” Jennie Baugher told KSHB-TV in Kansas City.
Baugher said that after picking up her daughter’s friend last Friday, she “heard a big noise that sounded like a rock hit my car and didn’t give it much though until the next day when my husband noticed the hole in the car.”
Inside the hole — near the gas tank — was a bullet.
Another woman heard a loud noise while driving home and found a bullet hole in the door — next to where her 3-year-old daughter had just been sitting — while a separate victim was shot at by someone wearing a ski mask and hood in another vehicle.
These are among the 20 highway shootings reported over about a month that police in Kansas City, Mo. are investigating. They’re particularly interested if a serial sniper or spree shooter is behind them, according to ABC News.
So far two people have been hit with bullets in their legs; another was shot in the arm. So far, no one has been killed.
But that doesn’t make Rich Marianos, a former ATF assistant director, feel any better.
“You’re right on the edge of someone getting killed,” he told ABC News, “anytime a random shooter with no reason or mindset behind them” is on the loose.
A law enforcement official said police determined that at least some of the recent shootings reported along Interstates 435 and 470 — some near exit ramps and interchanges — are linked.
“I was just driving down the highway and heard a loud noise,” Tom McFarlane told KMBC-TV in Kansas City. “Something hit the car, didn’t know what it was, so I pulled over at my first opportunity to kind of see if there was any damage and that’s when I saw the bullet hole.”
K-9 teams with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives planned to return to the scenes in search of ballistics evidence.
Kansas City police, the FBI, and ATF announced a $7,000 reward for info leading to an arrest in the case.
In 2002, a pair of snipers in the Washington, D.C., area paralyzed the region for three weeks, killing 10.