Police investigate a shooting in a Springfield parking garage; victim critically wounded

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:34 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:49 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Police say one man suffered critical injuries in a shooting inside a Springfield parking garage.

Officers responded to the incident 10:30 p.m. Monday to the parking garage west of Park Central Square for a man with multiple gunshot wounds. Fire and EMS performed life-saving measures on the man upon arrival. The man is in critical, but stable condition at a Springfield hospital.

Officers said there isn’t a description of the gunman at this time, but a witness saw a car speed off from the scene around the same time.

“We responded to the top of the parking garage and there was an individual with a gunshot wound,” said Lt. Jennifer Charleston. “And when they got there they were unable to go to the top of the garage because of the way the garage is structured, so they took the victim down to the ambulance (on the road), then the victim was transported to the hospital.”

Police closed the top two floors of the parking garage near the Heers Building for a short time.

An employee with Hurts Donuts, which sits across the street from the parking garage, says it is moving locations. Violence is a contributing factor.

“There have been around two occasions since I have worked here there has been a shooting of some sort in the parking garage,” said the employee. ”The reason why we are moving out of this area is because of the foot traffic and violence we endure.”

The two top levels of the garage were closed off while the scene was active and many could not get to their vehicles.

“My coworker from the night shift had let people stay in here for two hours because they couldn’t get to their cars,” said the Hurts Donuts employee. “If downtown wants to stay open and have like an actual business then the problem needs to be fixed.”

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