Man hospitalized after being shot through the wall of his home in north Springfield; officers search for gunman

Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 2:27 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2022 at 5:21 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Officers are searching for a shooter after a man was shot through the wall of his home in north Springfield Thursday night.

According to the Springfield Police Department, they received a call at 9 p.m. a man had been shot in the torso inside his home in the 1200 block of W Livingston Street. That’s not far from Kansas Expressway and I-44. Officers say the gunfire came from outside the house. They found multiple shell casings were found in the 2600 block of N Johnston Avenue. That’s in the same cul de sac as the victim’s home.

Doctors list the victim in stable condition. The gunman did hit a vehicle with a bullet too.

Family members of the man shot said they were in that house minding their own business. The victim was sleeping. They say the victim’s daughter is traumatized.

Neighbors, such as Elizabeth Drysdale, said she was shocked.

“They said they hadn’t caught him or anything, so I was worried that they were going to come back and start shooting again,” said Drysdale.

Neighbor Tyler Young just wanted to see what was going on.

“I’m crazy,” said Young. “When I heard gunshots, I ran towards the window, and look, who is doing it?”

Neighbors said they heard a flurry of shots around 9 p.m. Thursday.

“(I) just heard the sirens and the ambulance and saw the cops’ presence,” said Drysdale.

“It woke me up. All I saw was red lights, blue light, blinking out there,” said neighbor Shirley Clark.

The victim’s family said it was a random act and was glad all the kids were okay. Neighbors said they had the same thought as kids were playing down the street when the shots rang out.

“I’m wondering how it affects them, you know,” said Clark.

Those living in the area hope random violent crimes like this don’t happen on their quiet street again.

“It’s something that happens in this neighborhood,” said Young. “I wish it would get cleaned up, but nobody seems to be doing anything about it.”

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