Police identify victim in deadly shooting in Hollister, Mo.

Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 3:17 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2020 at 11:22 AM CDT
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HOLLISTER, Mo. (KY3) - Police released the identity of a victim in a deadly shooting Wednesday night in Hollister.

Police Chief Preston Schmidt says Kerri Elijah West, 26, of Springfield died in the shooting.

Investigators say the first call came in for a noise complaint in Hulland Park around 9 p.m. Wednesday. When police arrived, they found West dead with several gunshot wounds. During their search, officers found a woman who was taken into custody. That woman has since been released.

As police investigated the shooting in the park, reports came in that two other people had been shot. Police found those two people on Maple Street, just south of town.

“Upon arrival to the scene [at the park], officers located a man’s body with apparent gunshot wounds. Before that, we had learned of another location of two victims with gunshot wounds just south of town on Maple Street, actually in Taney County,” Chief Schmidt said.

Police believe all three people were shot in the same shooting incident in the park.

One woman who lives on Maple Street heard sirens and watched police cars and ambulances go by her house.

“I was pretty upset. Scared. So, I put the porch light on to let everyone know there was someone in the house,” Sharron Swanberg said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Taney County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation. The police chief says there is no threat to the public.

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