GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) - Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.
Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that the suspect is male and lives in Grandview, a suburb south of the city that is home to the Grandview Triangle, where several highways intersect and where at least six of the reported shootings happened.
Forte didn't release the name or age of the suspect, saying he hoped to be able to discuss the case in further detail at a news conference Friday.
"We're here now to basically let people know someone has been apprehended," an upbeat Forte told reporters at an impromptu news conference about 50 yards from a house where the suspect was taken into custody earlier in the day. "I wanted to make sure the residents and those who travel through Kansas City know they're safe. They've been safe the whole time."
Investigators could be seen searching the single-story four-plex Thursday night, and a tow truck hauled away a green Dodge Neon that was parked behind house, which is about two blocks from U.S. 49 and south of the Grandview Triangle.
Forte said the Jackson County prosecutor's office would determine if there is enough evidence to warrant pressing formal charges.
Detectives and analysts started noticing a pattern two weeks ago after reports of random shootings started coming in. Earlier this week, investigators were looking into about 20 reports of shootings, but that number has fluctuated as some reports were cleared and others came in.
Late last week, police said they had connected a dozen shootings to the same person. Forte has said little to this point about how the shootings were linked or what kind of vehicle the suspect drove.
Two of the wounded drivers were shot in the leg and the third was shot in the arm. None of their wounds were considered life-threatening.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City's police chief says a suspect in a string of random highway shootings that have wounded three people is in custody.
Police Chief Darryl Forte tweeted that he will provide additional information about the new developments in the investigation at a news conference Thursday night.
Police said last week that they had connected 12 shootings since early March that have targeted vehicles on Kansas City-area roads. Investigators have looked into as many as 20 reported highway shootings as part of their investigation.
Most of the shootings were reported in an area in the southern part of Kansas City, Mo., known as the Grandview Triangle where three interstate highways and U.S. 50 intersect. At least one other was reported in Leawood, Kan.