April 18 - A man has been arrested and charged for seemingly random shootings over six weeks that left three people wounded in and around Kansas City highways. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Residents of Kansas City, Missouri, have been living on edge since March 8.
Three people have been wounded by seemingly random shootings on their highways and roads.
Police say they now have a suspect in custody, and he's been formally charged.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY JEAN PETERS-BAKER, SAYING:
"Today Mohammed Whitaker is charged as a criminal defendant in 18 felony charges. Those 18 felony charges include nine separate incidents that occurred through out the metro area."
Police nabbed the suspect in this Grandview neighborhood on Thursday. Much to the relief of residents.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DRIVER MARISOL SANCHEZ, SAYING:
"I think I can breathe a little bit easier."
The announcement came nearly six weeks after the first in a string of about 20 shootings. Police say they believe a dozen of them were connected.
Jenny Bower was driving a friend home when her car was hit.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DRIVER JENNY BOWER, SAYING:
"There wasn't another vehicle in sight. And we were in the right lane, on the right side."
For weeks, driver after driver was caught off guard.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL WILLIAMS, SAYING
"We looked around to see what was going on and we couldn't see who did it. Because we were just in shock that it happened."
But the mystery may now be solved. Police are crediting the community for tips that led to an arrest.
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