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Police investigating if 2 shootings on interstate are related

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Police in Lee's Summit are working to find out if two shootings on Jackson County highways are related and who is responsible.

The two shootings happened about 15 minutes apart.

Lee's Summit police were called about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to the area of the Interstate 470/Highway 291 split and Colbern Road after reports of a man that was believed to have been shot in his vehicle.

A man says he was driving south on I-470 in moderate traffic when he heard a pop he thought was a gunshot. He wasn't completely sure so he pulled off on Colbern Road and called police.

Investigators checked the man's vehicle and found a single bullet hole in the back by the taillight. The victim had no injuries and was not struck by the bullet.

Detectives are working with the victim on a suspect description.

Police are asking that anyone who may have been in the area at that time and may have information to contact the Lee's Summit Police Department.

Police are working to see if it is related to another shooting in Blue Springs about 10 miles away.

In this shooting, police had to shut down Interstate 70 and Woods Chapel Road late Tuesday night after a man driving found that someone was shooting at his car. He was shot in the leg.

The man drove to a nearby apartment complex where someone called 911. His injuries are not life-threatening. Click here for more information on that shooting.

So far, no arrests have been made and investigators are trying to piece everything together for the incidents that they believe are connected.

"If the incident had occurred isolated by itself, there is enough rural area around me, it could have been a stray bullet from a poacher, an errant gunshot. We take two incidents, we put them less than 10 miles apart, less than 15 minutes apart, it draws us a pattern. It also helps substantiate what the victim tell us, that there wasn't a road rage incident or some other type of incident that would have caused it," said Sgt. Chris Depue with the Lee's Summit Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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