Police arrest man wanted for firing shots at north Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police arrested a gunman Wednesday afternoon suspected of firing shots at a north Springfield clinic.

Police say the gunman fired shots at the Mercy Family Clinic at 2200 West Kearney. It happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Springfield Police were called to a Mercy family medicine clinic in the 2200 block of West Kearney. They say they haven't found any eyewitnesses, but multiple people heard the shots fired.

Lt. Tony Vienhage with Springfield Police says, "Officers arrived on scene; they did search the area, and eventually, they did find evidence of at least one gunshot being fired."

Police found damage to a vehicle parked on the west side of the building, and say an employee at the clinic reporting receiving threats earlier today. Police got reports of a vehicle speeding from the area.

Vienhage says, "Preliminary indications are that it was an employees at the Mercy clinic here is having some issuess with an ex, a person they were in a relationship with."

"It's just really a shame that somebody would come to a place where we take care of people and try to heal people and fire a weapon. Obviously, we're concerned about our coworkers; this had to be scary," says Mercy spokesperson Sonya Kullman.

It was scary for some Williams Elementary families too. The school is directly across the street, and some students and staff were outside when it happened. "It's really shocking, because they're still looking for this person that was shooting, and our kids is here," said Tamika Caesar.

Students were quickly taken inside and remained there. Parents were notified by phone, text and e-mail, and Caesar decided to pick up her son. "Just to make sure he's safe," says said.

Springfield police arrested a suspect Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Mercy is working to provide counseling opportunities for clinic staff. "We'll be taking care of them and making sure that they're calm and ready to come back to work," says Kullman.

Mercy did shut down the clinic for the remainder of the day, and Williams Elementary kept students and staff indoors for the rest of the day until regular dismissal time.