Suspect pleads not guilty in highway shootings

Mohammed Whitaker, left, is transported from police headquarters jail to Jackson County Jail, in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, where he will await trial under $1 million cash-only bond. Whitaker was charged Friday with 18 felony counts involving shooting at vehicles on highways in the Kansas City area. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba)
Mohammed Whitaker, left, is transported from police headquarters jail to Jackson County Jail, in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, where he will await trial under $1 million cash-only bond. Whitaker was charged Friday with 18 felony counts involving shooting at vehicles on highways in the Kansas City area. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man arrested after a rash of highway shootings in the two-state Kansas City area has pleaded not guilty to 20 felony counts.

WDAF-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1mOEsSG ) 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker, of Grandview, entered the pleas Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Missouri.

Prosecutors allege Whitaker opened fire on 10 vehicles from behind the wheel of his car in March and April in Kansas City, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit. Three people were injured.

Investigators also suspected the same shooter in an incident in Leawood, Kansas, but Whitaker is charged only in Missouri incidents.

The 20 counts include 10 each of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Whitaker remains held on $1 million bond.

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Information from: WDAF-TV, http://www.wdaftv4.com

 

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