Missouri Authorities Call in FBI in Hunt For Highway Sniper

| by Allison Geller

A Kansas City sniper is on the loose. Missouri authorities have asked for help from federal law enforcement to catch the attacker responsible for 13 sniper-like attacks on Kansas City freeways.

The attacks have all taken place this past month, leaving three drivers wounded, CBS reports. Most have taken place in the Three Trails Crossing area, the intersection between three interstates. The first was reported on March 8.

One victim reported being fired at by a man in another car wearing a ski mask and hood.

Authorities have been hesitant to call the shootings linked, but have declared that at least six are connected.

Ten occurred in Kansas City, the most recent just last Sunday evening. The 56-year-old victim was shot in the calf as he traveled eastbound on Interstate 435.

His wife and daughter called the incident “fortunate” since “his injury was a bullet to his calf because it could have been so much worse."

"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," said the victim's family.

The three shootings outside of Kansas City occurred in Leawood, Blue Springs and Lee's Summit.

Police Chief Darryl Forté met with FBI officials on Monday to discuss the attacks. He has also asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further assistance.

The shootings are reminiscent of the 2002 Washington, D.C. area serial sniper attacks.

"Anytime you have a random shooter with no reason or mindset behind them that [is] just taking rounds and putting them into cars is causing a problem for everyone," Rich Marianos, a former assistant director with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told ABC News.

The shooting spree has caused growing panic among area residents. 

“It's really scary to think that somebody is just out here with no regard to what could happen," said Jennie Baugher, who found bullet holes in her car in the spot where her 3-year-old had been sitting.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $7,000 for information leading to an arrest of the shooter.

Sources: CBS, KMBC, ABC News