Car crash stops random Missouri River bridge shooting; two seriously injured

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Photo courtesy of KMBC, Kansas City

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A Platte County man accused of randomly shooting at cars
crossing the Missouri River between Platte City, Missouri and Leavenworth,
Kansas is recovering at a Kansas City area hospital after being stopped by a
Fort Leavenworth soldier who ran him over with his car.

Leavenworth
Police Chief Pat Kitchens says the soldier acted when he spotted a man on the
bridge, shooting at vehicles.

“At one
point there was a solider about three or four cars back from the car shooting,
saw there was an active shooter, used his vehicle to strike the shooter,”
Kitchens tells St. Joseph Post.

Kitchens
says 9-1-1 calls began flooding the Leavenworth Police Department at around 11
o’clock Wednesday morning, reporting shots being fired on the Centennial Bridge.
A shooter, armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, began shooting at
vehicles at random, getting off numerous rounds, hitting and wounding one person, before being run over.

Kitchens
describes him only as a 38-year-old resident of Platte County. Leavenworth
police are working with the Platte County Sheriff’s Department in an attempt to
understand a motive. A search is being conducted of his house.

An investigation of the crime scene continues.

“There were a number of rounds fired,”
Kitchens says. “There were a total of three vehicles that were hit as a result
of the gunfire. The one person that did receive a gunshot wound was in a car.”

The wounded victim, another Ft. Leavenworth
soldier, suffered serious injuries which are not believed to be
life-threatening. He appears to have been a random victim, not targeted by the
shooter. The Ft. Leavenworth solider who ran the shooter down was not injured,
according to Kitchens.

Kitchens
says the suspect had to be pried from underneath a car after the soldier ran
him over.

“He was
rescued by fire and EMS personnel, transferred to an area hospital in Kansas
City,” according to Kitchens. “His injuries are serious and we’re still paying
very close attention, monitoring that circumstance. We don’t believe they’re life-threatening,
but he was injured pretty seriously.”

Police
plan to meet with Leavenworth County prosecutors Thursday to consider formal
charges against the suspect.