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Leavenworth Shooter Facing Charges

A Kansas City-area man charged with randomly shooting into traffic on a bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri fired 15 rounds from a handgun before retrieving semi-automatic rifle from his car and shooting at least 23 more rounds, according to court records.

A criminal affidavit in the case against 37-year-old Joseph Westrem describes the May 27 shooting that ended with a Fort Leavenworth soldier hitting Westrem with his truck to stop him, The Kansas City Star reported.

No one was killed. One person was injured.

Westrem is charged with attempted first-degree murder and other counts, including aggravated child endangerment because some children were inside the vehicles on the Centennial Bridge near Fort Leavenworth.

A witness who was working on the bridge to direct traffic told police he heard gunfire, and began to tell people to drive away as he ran away.

The sign he had been using to direct traffic was found by detectives with bullet holes in it.

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