City police said Wednesday afternoon that no one was in custody for a homicide that occurred during a burglary at home in east Springfield. Police said they were following leads, however, as they tried to find who shot Curtis Payne, 31, who lived at the house at 2357 S. Dollison Ave. Police call the homicide a ‘targeted’ act but didn’t explain further.
Police got a call about a burglary in process around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. When police entered the home, they found Payne dead with apparent gunshot wounds.
Police say Payne lived at the home with family members, including children, who were all home at the time of the shooting. Detectives are questioning family and neighbors.
“If it were something that occurred out in public somewhere and there was no reason to believe there is a relationship between the suspect and victim, it would be a different situation. But we have reason to believe there is some relationship there and this was done intentionally against this person for some reason, and we are just trying to determine now what that reason is,” said Springfield Police Lt. Tad Peters.
Police don't think the general public should fear for their safety from the killer who is on the loose.
"There is not a reason to be concerned that there is a random shooter out there. We have every reason to believe there is a specific relationship between these two people and that's what resulted in this shooting," said Peters.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Some neighbors say this is a quiet neighborhood and are shocked at what happened. None of the neighbors wanted to talk on the record, however.
Police encourage those who know anything about this case to call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477). You may also submit your information securely on-line or text “417SPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). You do not have to give your name and no attempt is made to find out who you are.
Crime Stoppers takes information about drug dealers, wanted felons, and all other felonies. It pays rewards of up to $1,000 in cash for the information that leads to the arrest and the filing of charges against people involved in felonies.