Man is in critical condition after a shooting in West Plains

Published: Apr. 12, 2019 at 5:19 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

A West Plains man is accused of shooting a 25-year-old man. Charles Moorehead III is charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Nearly 48 hours later and there is still no motive for why Moorehead shot Rudd. But a look at Moorehead's criminal history shows he's no stranger to violence.

Wednesday night around 10, West Plains police where at Ozarks Medical Center investigating a separate case when 25-year-old Cody Rudd of West Plains came in with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Police say he was flown to a Springfield hospital where they say he remains in critical condition.

Court documents state police spoke with the man who witnessed the shooting and had driven Rudd to the hospital.

He told officers that Rudd had come to a house on 7th Street to visit one of his family members.

Documents say Rudd knocked on the front door, then Charles Moorehead opened the door and shot Rudd in the chest.

Neighbors tell KY3 off camera that moments after the shot, a car sped away from the house, presumably heading to the hospital.

Court papers say officers found no one inside the home but just after 11, found Moorehead walking down Porter Wagoner Blvd.

Court papers say Moorehead refused to speak to police.

Online court records show Moorehead pleaded guilty in 2007 to 2nd degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

He was sentenced to 6 years in prison

"We do have prior involvements with Mr. Moorehead ranging over the past few year," West Plains Police Public Information Officer John Murrell stated. We've also had instances where we've been to the house before, whether it's been looking for wanted subjects or various other instances where we've been called to the house."

Moorehead is being held on $100,000 bond.