Mohammed P. Whitaker, the suspect in a string of highway shootings that garnered nationwide attention, now faces two additional felony counts in connection with the firing of guns at motorists on roadways in the metro area, including one in Lee’s Summit.
A grand jury indictment released May 9 includes the additional two counts which involve shots fired on March 18 at a vehicle on Interstate 70 near 7 Highway in Blue Springs. The two new counts are for unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action, both Class A felonies.
In total, Whitaker now faces 20 felony counts. Eighteen of which were filed April 18.
Whitaker, who remains in custody on a $1 million bond, recently appeared in court May 1 for a preliminary hearing in Jackson County Circuit Court to answer to charges on the first 18 felony counts.
Whitaker was arrested April 17 and charged the next day in Jackson County Circuit Court with seven counts of unlawful use of a weapon, a Class B felony; two counts of unlawful use of a weapon that resulted in injury, a Class A felony; and nine counts of armed criminal action.
According to court records, 12 incidents occurred on Kansas City area highways, including a March 18 incident on the Interstate 470/Missouri 291 interchange in Lee’s Summit.
In the Lee’s Summit incident, the victim – described as Victim No. 2 in the case – stated that he was driving south on I-470 near the split with M-291 when he heard and felt something strike his vehicle close to 8:40 p.m. The victim pulled over and found an apparent bullet hole in the rear passenger side door.
The spent .380 caliber bullet was recovered and later linked to other similar shootings in the metropolitan area, including the first reported case that occurred at about 8:25 p.m. March 18 in Blue Springs.
According to court documents, Whitaker allegedly shot and wounded two motorists and shot at seven other motorists in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs between March 18 and April 6.