Shots Fired in West Plains

Police Seek Information on Shooter
The victim, a twenty-three-year-old male, had a through and through apparent gunshot wound to the right leg.

On Monday, December 20, at approximately 5:51 pm, West Plains Police Department responded to the area of Walker Street for a report of gunshots heard in the area. Officers found no evidence of any shots fired and were not contacted by any witnesses in relation to the initial call.

Approximately eighteen minutes later at 6:08 p.m., officers received a second call of shots being fired in the area of Grace and Woods. Two bullet holes were discovered at a residence in the 200 block of Woods. Officers contacted the occupants of the residence who were aware of the

shots into their household but had not reported the incident. At the time, there were three adult occupants present who reported that a subject in a light-colored SUV had shot four rounds at their residence.

During the investigation of the drive-by shooting incident, investigators learned of a possible victim wounded near Walker and Maple.

On Wednesday, December 22, detectives discovered a crime scene in an apartment complex in the 400 block of Maple where they spoke to a subject who indicated he was shot on December 20, at the time of the first set of shots that were reported.

The victim advised that he had not reported the incident and refused medical treatment at the time. The victim, a twenty-three-year-old male, had a through and through apparent gunshot wound to the right leg.

He advised he was outside his apartment when a subject approached him wearing a mask, displaying a handgun, and ordered him to get into a light-colored SUV. The victim refused, and the suspect then fired five to six rounds at him, one of which struck him in the leg. The victim chose not to report the incident to the police or seek medical attention.

Investigators believe that both incidents of shots fired on December 20 are related and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information or who may have been a witness to any of these incidents is asked to contact the West Plains Police Department at 417-256-2244.

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