Springfield police say a dispute ended with gunfire at a home in the 1400 block of West Lombard Street just after noon on Sunday. They found a 27-year-old man lying in a ditch, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police say the victim was riding a motor scooter and got into a dispute with the driver of a red pickup. The victim got off the scooter when the driver of the pickup fired a shotgun twice, and hit the victim once in the chest. Police say the man in the pickup drove away. The injured man was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Police say at least one neighbor followed the truck for awhile and got a good description. The shooter is described as white, in his 20s, with blonde hair. He was driving a full-sized red Dodge pickup with a gray tarp over the bed. The truck may have had no plates or a dealer sticker.
"I can't believe it happened in this neighborhood. It's just unbelievable," said Glenda BeDell as she sat on her front porch.
"There are kids next door; there are kids across the street, down the street. They're everywhere," she said gesturing. "They're the future, so we've got to protect them."
BeDell said it is getting harder and harder to protect the neighborhood children from crime.
"This neighborhood is a family neighborhood, generally, but, in the last few years, we've had problems with the meth people in this neighborhood and it's getting out of hand," said BeDell.
Sunday afternoon, she heard the latest bout of violence in her neighborhood.
"It sounded like an explosion," she said of the gunshots. "It woke me up out of bed, I was asleep, and it sounded like a shotgun blast. We thought the house down here blew up."
While other neighbors said the violence and drugs are forcing them to move, BeDell won't budge.
"I don't want to be run out of my neighborhood," she said.
Instead, she will keep watch, and try to get her neighborhood back.
"Each and every one of us needs to get involved in our neighborhood because we are the only ones who can really stop it," said BeDell firmly. "And that's not saying we're going to, but we can at least try to get a grip on it."
If you know anything about the shooting or the whereabouts of the shooter, call Springfield Police (417) 864-1810.