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Two shot, one killed in north Springfield; two suspects in custody

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 5:51 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 9:33 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A homicide investigation is underway in north Springfield after one person was fatally shot Thursday afternoon.

Police say two people were shot near the 400 block of East Norton Road. The other victim was sent to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooting stemmed from a disturbance involving four people. Police say it was likely all four people knew each other. Authorities have taken two people into custody. No names have been released in the investigation at this time.

Neighbor Michael Emery says his girlfriend dialed 911 shortly after hearing those gun shots around 4:40 p.m.

“I head the gunshots, opened the door and I saw the man running down and I saw my neighbor poking her head out,” Emery says. “I told her to get inside really fast and I locked the door when he got to my door and retrieved my side arm.”

Emery says when he heard the gunshots, he sprung into action. His main goal was making sure his other neighbors were safe.

”Some of them are older in age,” Emery says. “I don’t want to see any of them get hurt. Some of these people have lived here for a long long time. My neighbor has lived here for 20 plus years.”

Police arrived on scene within minutes of calls to 911.

Maintenance manager for the apartment complex, Ben Brown, says he created a makeshift neighborhood watch association after seeing the rise in shootings across Springfield.

”Everybody watches out for everybody,” Brown says. “It’s close-knit and we truly care about each other so we do what we can.”

Additional details are limited at this time. We will update as more information becomes available.

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