Canine units being brought to assist in Kansas City-area highway shootings investigation

Dogs trained to recover ballistics evidence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three specialty canine units are being brought in from around the country to assist in the investigation of a string of highway shootings around the Kansas City area.

The canines are specifically trained for the recovery of ballistics evidence, said John Hamm of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Some of the shootings, 13 in total over the past month, have been directly linked by investigators, according to the Kansas City Police Department.

On Tuesday afternoon, KCPD announced the reward for information leading to an arrest has been raised to $7,000.

Read the police reports from some of the shootings (PDF) .

Three people were injured in the string of shootings that began in early March. The shootings have happened at various times and in various places around the Kansas City area, including Blue Springs, Lee's Summit and Leawood. Seven of the shootings were in the Three Trails Crossing area, also known as the Grandview Triangle.

This story will be updated throughout the day.


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