Detectives release identities of shooting victims in Koshkonong, Mo. convenience store

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 10:37 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2021 at 9:58 AM CDT
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KOSHKONONG, Mo. (KY3) - The Oregon County prosecutor released the identities of four victims shot Saturday morning at a Koshkonong convenience store.

Christopher Lindley, 28, of Thayer, Mo., faces a charge of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shootings. An Oregon County Judge held an arraignment hearing for Lindley at 1 p.m. He remains jailed in Dent County.

Carlos Moreno, a truck driver from California, died in the shooting. Melissa Rae Blaskiewicz, Jonah Bivins, and Paul Chavis all suffered gunshot wounds. They all remain in critical condition.

Deputies say they arrived at the Snappy Mart on U.S. 63 shortly after 5 a.m. The first arriving deputy says he found Chavis lying on the ground with a gunshot. The deputy entered the store, finding Moreno dead lying against the wall. He had been shot through the glass window from outside. The deputy also found Blaskiewicz with a gunshot wound sitting at a table. He found the last victim, Bivins, shot in the face. The deputy said Bivins told him Lindley was the shooter.

Investigators say surveillance video captured the shootings.

Oregon County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon County Prosecutor’s Office asked KY3 not to release the identities of the victims until Lindley was arraigned.

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