I-435 shootings damage cars, latest act of gun violence on KC roadways

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some metro drivers are in a unique group — they've been victims of shootings on Kansas City roadways.

According to Kansas City Police Department, a man was driving southbound I-435 Monday around 7:30 p.m. as the man approached the ramp to Highway 350 he heard a popping sound—then glanced over to see his truck’s rear window shattered. 

The driver wasn't hurt. He drove to a Quiktrip on the 8600 block of 63rd Street.

The same can’t be said for Tayaba Jones, her birthday celebration ended with a trip to the hospital.

“I heard like a noise and I thought it was my tire so I slowed down some more,” Jones told 41 Action News Tuesday.

On Aug. 19,  Jones was also driving south on I-435. As she neared Eastwood Trafficway, something wasn't right.

“At this point, two cars went past me flying the second car was shooting at me. I was like 'Oh god, they're shooting at us, mom' because my mom was with me,” Jones said

When Jones pulled over on Gregory Boulevard she discovered one of the four bullets pierced her left leg. 

“I'm healing— it's a process—I’ve been to the hospital a few times due to the injury,” Jones said.

Within a month there have been a handful of shootings on Kansas City’s roadways some deadly including one on Labor Day on Highway 71. 

Police have said none are related and don’t believe they have another highway shooter on their hands

In Monday’s incident, the shooter used a BB gun unlike handguns fired in the other cases.

Jones is taking some precautions while on the road. 

“Looking out all my rearview mirrors, looking over my shoulders all the time—just to make sure I'm not being targeted again or followed,” Jones said.

Police said Tuesday they don’t have a suspect in Monday night’s shooting and are urging the public to come forward.

If you have any information call police or the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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