Police have discovered a pattern among several shootings in the past month targeting vehicles on area roads and highways, KCTV5 News confirmed through Kansas City police's legal counsel.
The new information came to light when KCTV5 requested information on the victims from the police department. An attorney denied that request saying to release it could reveal what police believe is a pattern in the shootings.
The department's legal counsel would not elaborate.
Sources told KCTV5 that six of the cases are connected, but are not releasing by what means to protect the integrity of the investigation.
The number is likely to fluctuate as police investigate additional incidents and rule out others.
"Just to throw out a number, we're in the neighborhood of 20, but that number will change the next hour. We are ruling some out and adding some," Capt. Tye Grant said. "The information we have is so inconsistent. It is all over the place."
No new shootings have been reported since Sunday night, Kansas City police say.
Police announced Monday that there had been 13 incidents between March 8 and April 6 of cars being fired at on area highways and roads, 10 of which have occurred in Kansas City.
The others took place in Blue Springs, Lee's Summit and Leawood.
Three people have been hit with bullets, and their injuries were not life-threatening.
Some victims reported certain cars around them, while others say they didn't see anyone, police say, and leaving investigators with little suspect information to release to the public.
"I understand they want to catch the shooter because they pose a serious threat to the community," Gary Baker said.
Baker parked his car to take his dog for a quick walk near Interstate 435 and Blue River Road Wednesday morning. In no time at all, ATF and police had his car surrounded.
"They wanted to search my car," Baker said.
Police used canines to search for shell casings near where some of the shootings have taken place.
Investigators are also using Scout cameras to see if those might offer up some clues, sources tell KCTV5.
Police said analysts are looking back at calls of shots fired on area roadways that took place prior to March 8 to see if any more may be related, and the number of incidents remains in flux, police said.
"It is wide open for us. We won't discount anything, everything is valued information" Grant said.
Investigators are not releasing any suspect or suspect vehicle information at this time.
"Victims and witnesses have provided inconsistent statements, so police do not want to provide misinformation, nor do they want the public to focus too closely on a specific type of vehicle or person. Investigators do not want to rule out any possibilities," police said in a statement Wednesday.
Officers are increasing their presence in the areas of the shootings.
Motorists should remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911.
"The sooner police are notified, the higher the probability they can apprehend the suspect(s)," police said.
A reward of up to $7,000 now is available for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Anyone with information should call 816-474-TIPS.
Crime Stoppers have received 44 tips as of 10 p.m. Wednesday related to this case.
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