Greene County investigators identify victim of shooting as known landlord Chris Gatley

NEAR REPUBLIC, Mo. -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office identified the victim of a shooting near Republic Sunday as well-known area landlord Chris Gatley.

Investigators say Gatley, 48 of Springfield, is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Deputies responded to a home at 5849 West U.S. 60 after receiving a 911 call about a man who had been shot. They found Gatley with a gunshot wound. Deputies have not made an arrest in the case. However, they say this is an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.

Gatley owns more than 500 properties for rent under the name 417 Rentals. A number of those rentals have been reported as being in deplorable shape, some even labeled as dangerous and condemned by city inspectors.

The shooting comes just 12 days after a bankruptcy case filed by Gatley's 417 Rentals was dismissed by Missouri's Western District Court, opening the door for Gatley's creditors to start foreclosing on his assets. The court filings show he owes 13 banks more than $19 million.

The 9-1-1 call made on Sunday has the dispatcher relaying the information that "RP accidentally shot her boyfriend in the chest. She's hysterical.

Later on the dispatcher added, "There is an incident of domestic violence at that location in the call history."

"Upon arrival we had one victim who was shot in the torso and one female person present," Greene Co. Sheriff Jim Arnott recounted about Sunday's incident. "The victim, Christopher Gatley, is in critical condition in a local hospital. We've been following up doing interviews and talking with people so our plea is that if you have any information, please contact the sheriff's office and we'll respond."

Despite the fact that the house where the shooting took place is off the main road in an isolated area with no other houses around it, Arnott said he still believes there are members of the general public who can help out in the investigation.

" I think there's people out there that have information of what's going on and has been going on with the victim," he said.

Arnott says he has no evidence yet of any drugs involved in the shooting and when asked about any possibility of a suicide attempt he replied, "It's an unknown at this point. And since our victim is in critical condition and can't speak to us at this point we're investigating it as a suspicious shooting and hopefully it can come to a resolution."

When asked about the previous disturbance call mentioned in Sunday's 9-1-1 call, Arnott said so far "There is nothing that stands out to us that would be related back to this incident."

The sheriff reiterated though, that the investigation is still fluid and ongoing and that's why his department is seeking input from the general public if you have information that might help with the case.

The Greene Co. Sheriff's Office can be reached at 417-868-4040.