KC Authorities Suspect Serial Sniper in 6 Highway Shootings

By CBS News

Published 04/09 2014 09:59AM

Updated 04/09 2014 11:35AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri authorities are asking for federal helping in catching a serial shooter.

They're trying to find out who's behind more than a dozen  sniper-like attacks on drivers on Kansas City freeways over the past month.

Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire as they drove along area highways, many in an area called the Three Trails Crossing, where three interstate highways intersect.

Ten of the 13 shootings happened in Kansas City, including Sunday evening when a 56-year-old man was eastbound on Interstate 435 near I-470 when he was shot in the left calf.

"I was freaking out, making sure he called 911."

For the wife and daughter of the Blue Springs, Missouri man, a disturbing phone call from him sunday night has left them feeling everything frightened and frustrated, even fortunate.

"Very, very fortunate that his injury was a bullet to his calf because it could have been so much worse."

The man, who does not want to be identified, is the most recent victim in a series of shootings.

Police confirmed at least some of the 13 recent incidents are related.

The other three shootings were in Leawood, Blue Springs and Lee's Summit.

Police Chief Darryl Forté met with FBI officials on Monday and has asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist.

So far three  3 people have been shot including that Blue Springs man, who was eastbound on 435 near 470 when three bullets struck his car. 

One went through the drivers side door and went straight through his calf.

"We just don't know if they're doing it until they finally kill someone or is it just for fun. We just want to know why." .

Authorities want those questions answered too and are working with the fbi and atf.

The victim said he didn't see any cars around and sources have confirmed police believe it's possible the shooter it shooters were on foot, hiding in wait.

"I work in the operating room fixing people up that this happens to."

"I've done it for 30 years and if people only realized that it's someone's loved one, somebody's brother, somebody's father, somebody's mother, whoever it is, on a table that you're trying to fix from them doing something so senseless."

Authorities are offering up to a seven-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest in the shootings.

(Jeanene Kiesling, KCTV5 for CNN)

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