BAD: KC snowplow driver shot on the job

BAD: KC snowplow driver shot on the job

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    BAD: KC snowplow driver shot on the job

    | KC snowplow driver shot on the job Friday - KansasCity.com

    Story | KC snowplow driver shot on the job Friday
    By CHRISTINE VENDEL and DONALD BRADLEY
    The Kansas City Star

    A gunman shot a snowplow driver in the back early Friday while the driver was pulled over taking a work break in south Kansas City.

    The driver, an 11-year veteran with the city’s Public Works Department, radioed his dispatcher about 2:35 a.m. and said he’d been shot at Interstate 470 and James A. Reed Road.

    He was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition.

    The 31-year-old driver told police he was stopped under an overpass when a brown or bronze Ford pulled up next to his snowplow. A man with a red bandana covering his face fired twice into the snowplow’s cab as the driver dived out the passenger side. The driver said he stayed on the ground and “played dead.”

    He did not know his attacker, detectives said. Police found bullet holes in the rear of the driver’s side of the cab.

    The victim told police he didn’t want to pursue prosecution because he didn’t get a good look at the shooter and didn’t want to identify the wrong person. But police still were investigating and planned to compare evidence to other shootings.

    Public works officials say they don’t think other snowplow drivers are in danger.

    “Police never indicated to us that that was a concern,” Public Works spokesman Dennis Gagnon said late Friday.

    Though no official warning was delivered to the drivers, work groups talked about the incident, Gagnon said.

    Meanwhile, in a city struggling to clear streets of snow, the shooting caused one big rig to be removed from the fleet. Police seized the snowplow because it was considered evidence.

    “We’ll get it back when they get done with it,” Gagnon said.

    Police were investigating whether the shooting was related to an armed robbery four men committed about 90 minutes earlier at a convenience store three miles away.

    Three robbers — one holding a shotgun and covering his face with a black bandana — barged into the Express Mart, 7007 Longview Road, about 1 a.m. The fourth robber stood guard outside.

    The gunman ordered the clerk to the floor and demanded cash, “Newports and Hennessy.” The clerk put the items in a bag as another robber stole beer from the cooler. The robbers fled in a beige-colored Ford Escort.

    Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
    Why the heck would you shoot at a snow plow driver; it's not his fault it's snowing...


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    Quote Originally Posted by punk rocka View Post
    Why the heck would you shoot at a snow plow driver; it's not his fault it's snowing...
    Thats what I was wondering. Random or did the shooter have something against this particular driver?

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    That's crap. What the hell are we becoming?
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    gangbanger initiation? Person wearing the "uniform" of the enemy in an asymmetrical civil war.

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    The victim told police he didn’t want to pursue prosecution because he didn’t get a good look at the shooter and didn’t want to identify the wrong person
    This part just sounds to strange to me.

    The guy had a red bandana over his face for a reason, but what that reason is as it pertains to the snowplow driver is the real ?. Sounds premeditated for one reason or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    This part just sounds to strange to me.

    The guy had a red bandana over his face for a reason, but what that reason is as it pertains to the snowplow driver is the real ?. Sounds premeditated for one reason or another.
    That's exactly what I thought as well. How many folks would get shot randomly and not want the person caught and put away, even if they didn't get a good look at the shooter; there are other ways of getting the right person convicted of a crime.

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    A gunman shot a snowplow driver in the back early Friday while the driver was pulled over taking a work break in south Kansas City.

    ... about 2:35 a.m.
    Anytime, anywhere.



    Quote Originally Posted by punk rocka View Post
    How many folks would get shot randomly and not want the person caught and put away ...
    I read it differently, that the victim wouldn't want the wrong person jailed. Still, it is a strange thing to say, just having been targeted:

    The victim told police he didn’t want to pursue prosecution because he didn’t get a good look at the shooter and didn’t want to identify the wrong person
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    I was at the PD yesterday and they were at a loss as to any reason for the shooting. This whole thing has no reason unless the shooter knows the driver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by istari9 View Post
    I was at the PD yesterday and they were at a loss as to any reason for the shooting. This whole thing has no reason unless the shooter knows the driver...
    Or, it's random.

    Or, the shooter just got jollies by causing others harm.

    Or, the shooter has his own troubles, and it simply came out strangely that day.

    Who knows why criminals do what they do. What we DO know is that we hear of new motivations all the time.
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    My spidy sense says there is more to this story.
    Snowplow was stopped. Perp didn't shoot at random cars.
    Deal gone bad? Drugs?
    Domestic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    That's crap. What the hell are we becoming?
    Sad, just very sad.

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    gangbanger initiation? Person wearing the "uniform" of the enemy in an asymmetrical civil war.
    This was my first thought. Random shooting to see if the newcomer has what it takes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    That's crap. What the hell are we becoming?
    Sadly, your question contains the answer.
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    There is more to this story the driver isn't saying.

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    "The victim told police he didn’t want to pursue prosecution because he didn’t get a good look at the shooter and didn’t want to identify the wrong person."

    Something is fishy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    This part just sounds to strange to me.

    The guy had a red bandana over his face for a reason, but what that reason is as it pertains to the snowplow driver is the real ?. Sounds premeditated for one reason or another.
    GBK,

    I'd thought the _exact_ same thing.

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