(KMOV.com) – An off-duty St. Louis City Police officer was shot at early Sunday morning while driving on Interstate 70. While the officer was not hit, it was one of three times in which drivers on I-70 were targeted by gunfire.
The shooting took place at 12:10 a.m., Sunday. The 48-year-old St. Louis City officer with nearly 20 years of experience was driving home between Hanley and I-70 when a car pulled up alongside, and a gunman opened fire. The officer was only hit by flying glass, but police do not know whether the shooting was random.
“That makes me very afraid, scared … you know, paranoid to drive, to go to places I need to go,” said one I-70 driver.
Earlier in September, 42-year-old Felita Davis of University City was driving east on I-70 near Grand Avenue when she was hit and killed by gunshots that struck her buttocks, chest and arm. Police said she was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
On August 24, gunfire from one car hit two passengers of another car. A 35-year-old man was hit in the buttocks and a 23-year-old man was hit in the leg.
Police said it is possible that all three shootings were random. Regardless, drivers are calling for more police on the interstate.
All three investigations from the last two months are open, and police said they have not determined if the three shootings are connected or whether the victims were random or targeted.