Springfield, MO – Active Shooter Kills 4, Then Himself
In Springfield, Missouri on Sunday night, an active shooter drove through the city, crashed his car, and ended up at a Kum-N-Go store. He went inside the store and opened fire on the people inside. When police arrived, he shot the first two officers, one an Army Veteran, who died at the hospital. In the end, he killed 3 civilians, one police officer, and himself. One police officer and one civilian were wounded.
The Springfield Police Press release stated:
On March 15, 2020, at 11:24 p.m., Springfield Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Battlefield Rd and Lone Pine Ave regarding a shooting. While en route, multiple shooting calls were received, including one at 2100 S Ingram Mill and another at Sunshine and Hwy 65. A final call came in at 11:43 and officers were dispatched to the Kum & Go located at 2885 E Chestnut Expressway regarding another shooting. Callers reported a vehicle crashing at the scene and an armed suspect entering the store and shooting customers and employees.
When officers arrived the suspect began firing at them from inside the Kum-N-Go, fatally wounding Officer Chris Walsh and injuring Officer Josiah Overton. Other responding officers arrived and made entry into the store where they found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers also discovered three other deceased victims and one critically wounded subject at the Kum-N-Go. All victims appear to have been shot by the suspect.
The suspect has been identified as Joaquin S. Roman, a 31-year-old male from Springfield. Next of kin notifications have been made.
A motive has not been determined. Police searched Roman’s apartment, according to KTTS, but did not provide details.
Officer Christopher Walsh was an Army veteran, and still active in the Army Reserves and had been for 10 years. He was only 32 years old and had been with the Springfield Police Department for 3 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
“Chris died a hero, rushing in without regard to his own safety to protect members of his community. His courageous actions serve as an example to us all.” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams
The officer who survived is Josiah Overton, who has been with the department for just 2 years. He is expected to recover.
The wounded civilian is in critical condition as of this writing at Mercy Hospital. The deceased victims of this incident were listed as Troy D. Rapp, 57, an employee of the convenience store, Shannon R. Perkins, 46, an employee of WCA Waste Corporation, and Matthew J. Hicks-Morris, 22, a customer in the store.
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