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Shooter fires about 30 shots in west central Springfield, Mo.; psychiatric evaluation ordered

Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 9:10 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 10:25 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A man is in the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after police say he fired about 30 shots Thursday morning.

The man told police he started shooting because he thought someone was trying to break into his house in the 900 block of West Mount Vernon, west of Grant Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. Police say they found no signs of a burglary in progress. The bullets hit two houses across the street. Police are checking to see if there was any other damage.

Police believe the shooter was experiencing drug-induced paranoia from illegal narcotics. Police say nobody was hurt.

“Preliminary investigation has kind of revealed that it probably was not any suspects,” said Lt. Curt Ringgold, Springfield Police Department. “There was actually not even a burglary occurring. It could have been some reality issues or maybe some drug-induced hallucinations. So based on what that individual did, the shooting and stuff, putting the community in danger, we did a 96-hour hold, taking to a local hospital. And an evaluation will be done on his mental capacity at this time.”

The man could also face criminal charges, anywhere from assault to a ticket for discharging a weapon in the city. One of the neighbors across the street says the man came to his front door late Wednesday night, telling him he saw someone sitting in his rocking chair. He thanked him for the heads up, but says the man’s eyes were huge, and there was still dust on the chair Thursday morning.

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