Police say 12 of the highway shootings now connected

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police now say 12 of the highway shootings throughout the Kansas City metro are connected.

The department released its findings in a press release Friday afternoon. They also say there have been no new similar shootings in the area since April 6.

At this time, investigators are not releasing any suspect or suspect vehicle information, because they do not want to provide any misinformation, according to the release.

A reward for information leading to an arrest has increased to $10,000.

At least 20 highway shootings have been reported in Kansas City, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Leawood.

It’s still unclear if a shooting at a home in Leawood is linked to the shootings.

Adam Smith found a slug lodged in the roof at his parent home in Leawood. Their living room is directly below.

At first, he figured the slug came from shots fired in the air during New Year’s Eve. “But it didn’t occur to me for several days that this could have some relation to what’s going on at the Triangle,” Smith said. The Grandview Triangle is now called the Three-Trails Crossing.

Smith’s parents gave the slug to the police, who say they’re checking it out.

Regardless of whether it’s connected to the shootings, the slug came too close to home. “Had someone been in that general vicinity at the time, and had the bullet come down a little bit harder, someone could have been easily injured,” Smith said.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte says police are looking into every tip, but will not say whether the home in Leawood is linked to the shootings.

Police are also encouraging drivers to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior.

If you have any information you are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Brendaliss Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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