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Police: Evidence doesn't show Highway 71 shooting connected to others

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Four men reported having their car's rear window shot out near 59th Street and Highway 71 about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. (Brett Hacker/KCTV) Four men reported having their car's rear window shot out near 59th Street and Highway 71 about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. (Brett Hacker/KCTV)
The four occupants of the minivan told officers they were headed southbound on Highway 71 and were stopped at a red light at 59th Street when they heard what sounded like two gunshots. The four occupants of the minivan told officers they were headed southbound on Highway 71 and were stopped at a red light at 59th Street when they heard what sounded like two gunshots.
No injuries were reported, but a rear window was shot out. No injuries were reported, but a rear window was shot out.
Police are investigating if Wednesday's report is connected to the other string of highway shootings. Police are investigating if Wednesday's report is connected to the other string of highway shootings.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Police said Thursday that they don't believe Wednesday's reported shooting on Highway 71 is linked to a series of shootings on Kansas City highways over the past month.

Capt. Tye Grant with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department said their investigation is making them doubt whether the vehicle was actually shot or if something else may have happened to break its window.

Wednesday a group of young men said they were shot at while driving down the highway.

It happened near 59th Street and northbound Highway 71 about 3:30 p.m.

The four young men traveling through the intersection in a van are local musicians. Because of their work and recent tour they didn't know about a gunman shooting at drivers on interstates, but Wednesday they learned about it firsthand.

"We were all talking, the music was down and all we heard was ‘boom bow,' and that's when it happened," said Michael Williams, a passenger.

Williams was in the passenger seat of the Ford Windstar when he heard what sounded like two gunshots and then the back window shatter.

"We looked around to see what was going on and we couldn't see who did it because we were just in shock that it happened. We were scared," he said.

They later believed that a bullet came through the back window when they were stopped at a red light near the intersection of 59th Street and Highway 71.

Demond Jones and his brother Simon were in the back seats, directly in the path of the shards of glass.

"All the glass just splattered from the back and hit us in the back of the head and stuff so we didn't know what was going on. I was hoping nobody was hit though," Demond Jones said.

The men were on their way to pick up a friend, and once they did, they returned home to 93rd Street and Old Santa Fe Road and called police shortly before 5 p.m. Officers went to the scene of the shooting and also examined the van for evidence.

"I was really more shocked than anything. I'm really starting to get upset because this is a reoccurring thing in Kansas City," said passenger Simon Jones.

Officers didn't find damage to the inside of the minivan and didn't find any bullets or bullet holes.

None of the men was seriously injured. Investigators have not determined whether Wednesday's shooting is connected to the other 12. They said, as of Thursday, that there is no evidence of a shooting.

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