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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The person prosecutors believe was the highway shooter's first victim, long before bullets started flying on the highways, spoke Friday.

Mohammed Whitaker, 27, is charged in the shootings and court documents tell the tale of police work, alert citizens and frightened victims.

Whitaker had multiple addresses that included Beacon Avenue near East 96th Terrace, Indiana Avenue near Bridge Manor Dr., both in Kansas City, MO, and 136th and Spring streets in Grandview, MO.

Prosecutors believe, before the outbreak of highway shootings, he also shot at a home behind the Beacon Avenue address in southeast Kansas City last fall.

"The landlord filled it in, but it happened back in October," said Dwight Tolbert.

Tolbert remembers the scary Oct. 11 night when gunfire disturbed his normally peaceful routine. He said he thought he heard something fall in the bathroom, so he and his wife went there to see what it was.

"She looked around and looked by the bathroom stool and found the bullet laying right by the stool," he said.

Six months later you can still see the entry point from the bullet police say came from a house behind Tolbert's. Police believe Whitaker was visiting friends at the time. It was fired from the same gun investigators believe he used during his month-long car shooting spree.

"Maybe he is the shooter, I don't know. But I'm glad he's caught," Tolbert said.

According to court documents, Whitaker rented or lived in several homes in the Kansas City area. Police believe he hid his weapons in a house on Indiana Avenue. ATF agents were at the address Thursday night.

"When I heard the news and all the commotion was like 'wow, there's a sniper, supposedly, next door,' not the nicest thing you want to hear when you're just in town for a visit," said Andrew Koo.

Koo of Atlanta, GA, was visiting a friend and saw all the activity. Neighbor Dale Muell was watching from across the street.

"I periodically looked out the window and hell, they had like eight cars here. Each ATF agent had his own vehicle," Muell said.

Most of the investigation centers on the Grandview home, which police say was Whitaker's last known address. Grandview police returned there briefly late Friday evening.

Tolbert said he's not rushing to judgment on the case.

"I'm kind of reserving my opinion on whether or not it's actually him," he said.

KCTV5's Dave Jordan spoke with neighbors in the house from where police say the bullet came from in October. The neighbors said they just moved to the home in April and they are not connected to the case.

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