Man is charged for shooting in south Springfield
A man from Springfield is charged for a shooting on a street in a neighborhood in south Springfield last week. Sammy Perez Jr. is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He's accused of shooting another man three times outside a home in the 2000 block of South Hampton Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police believe Perez shot the victim, identified only as ER, three times in the victim’s front yard. The victim was shot in an arm, leg and abdomen and was hospitalized. Police say Perez and ER are related by marriage.
According to the probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges, a witness said Perez had been to the home earlier in the day and made threats. After ER arrived home, Perez returned as a passenger in a gray vehicle after Perez got a message from ER that he was home.
Three witnesses, including two City Utilities of Springfield employees who were working nearby, told police what they saw.
ER stepped out onto the front lawn and argued loudly with Perez. Perez pulled a handgun from his waist and shot ER. After ER fell to the ground, Perez paused for a moment and then continued shooting several more times. He then got back in the car and the two men in the car fled south on Hampton and west on Seminole Street towards Campbell Avenue.
A Springfield Police detective interviewed Perez in the Christian County jail on Saturday after he was arrested after the shooting.
In the interview, the detective wrote, Perez said he went to the home on Hampton to confront ER, “about family issues.” He said he was with a man whom he identified as “Country” who had a handgun with him.
“Perez said he asked Country for the handgun and Perez placed the handgun inside his right front jeans pocket,” the probable cause statement says.
Perez said he and ER argued on the front lawn.
“Perez claimed ER was becoming irate and made threats to shoot or kill him,” the detective wrote.
Perez also claimed ER ordered other people in the home to shoot him.
“At that point Perez said he pulled the handgun from his jeans pocket and pointed it at the ground. Perez went on to say he shot the handgun at ER several times but believed he was hitting the ground in front of him. After the shooting Perez said he gave the handgun back to Country and they both fled the scene," the probable cause statement says.
Prosecutors say Perez has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, and assault with intent to murder, and was on federal supervised release for a federal weapons offense. Prosecutors also said he’s been arrested and possibly convicted at least three times for gun-related assault charges in other states.
If Perez is convicted of first-degree assault he could get a prison sentence between 10 years and life (30 years). Armed criminal action carries a prison sentence of three years or more. If he's convicted, Perez would have to serve 85 percent of his prison sentence before eligible for parole.
Perez was booked into the Greene County jail about 12:30 p.m. Monday. His bond is set at $200,000.