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      Highway shootings suspect makes 1st appearance

      Police say they had Whitaker under surveillance for about a week before arresting him.

      A 27-year-old Missouri man accused of shooting at several vehicles along busy Kansas City highways and wounding three drivers will be appointed a public defender after telling a judge he can't afford to pay for an attorney.

      KCTV-TV reports Mohammed Whitaker of Grandview appeared in Jackson County court Monday with his hands shackled and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. He is being held on $1 million bond on 18 felony counts stemming from highway shootings that started in early March.

      Police say they had Whitaker under surveillance for about a week before arresting him Thursday night in Grandview, only a few miles from an area where many of the shootings occurred.

      His preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for May 1.

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