Not guilty plea in highway shooter case

tporter@lsjournal.comMay 30, 2014 

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    Felony charges that Mohammed Whitaker, 27, of Grandview faces in Jackson County Circuit Court for allegedly shooting at vehicles on area roadways.

In a case that grab national headlines, a man arrested in a string of highway shootings recently entered a not guilty plea.

Mohammed Whitaker, 27, of Grandview, entered the pleas May 19 in Jackson County Circuit Court according to the Associated Press.

Jackson County Prosecutors allege Whitaker opened fire on 10 vehicles from behind the wheel of his car in March and April including an incident in Lee’s Summit.

Three people were injured in the shootings that also occurred in Blue Springs and Kansas City.

In the Lee’s Summit incident, the victim – described as Victim No. 2 in court documents – stated that he was driving south on Interstate 470 near the split with Missouri 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.

The 20 counts include 10 each of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Whitaker remains held in lieu of $1 million bond.

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