SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield Police officers are searching for a suspect after one person was shot near Grant Beach Park on Thursday, June 10.
The police said the victim is a 40-year-old male and is in the hospital in stable condition after being shot in the upper chest.
Springfield Police say a Springfield Park Ranger was driving through the area, and heard gunshots.
Police were on the scene quickly. They say several people ran away from the area, and one person ran inside the house at Broadway Avenue and Lynn Street. The victim was lying in the front yard.
For a while, police believed the suspect was inside a home. Police called for backup, set up a perimeter, and eventually got a warrant to go inside the house.
The house was confirmed to be empty, but the suspect is still at large. Detectives stayed on the scene investigating and interviewing witnesses.
A man living near the house, Richard Kennedy, told KOLR10 his side of the story of the event leading up to the police believing the suspect was in a home.
“I heard them all fighting for a good 10 minutes,” said Kennedy. “I came out to see what was going on. That’s when I peeked down and I saw a guy with a bat charging the door. Then the guy said ‘get my gun.’ The guy charging the door said ‘go get your gun.’ And then pow!”
Police said they believe there is no threat to the community.