Neighbors Not Surprised By Crime Near Shooting Location

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield Police have released surveillance images of a man who shot a motorcyclist at a gas station Thursday. They hope the images will help them catch the man who sent another man to the hospital in critical condition. 

Neighbors are alarmed after this shooting, but most say they are used to crime in that area. 

“I was working and I looked up over there, and I saw a lot of cop cars. I saw them taping off the area,” said Samantha Maltas, an employee at a nearby business.  

A regular Thursday afternoon at work for Samantha Maltas became one she will likely never forget. Around 4:30 p.m. a motorcyclist went inside the Gastrip Convenience Store on East Kearney St. when the passenger in this dark Toyota got out of the car grabbed the bike and tried to push it out of the parking lot. Police say the owner ran out to stop the thief and that’s when he was shot. 

Some customers who frequent this area weren’t surprised at the violence. 

“Seems normal,” said Dave Matthews. 

He says crime in Springfield seems to be getting worse over the years. 

“Anytime somebody gets injured, or robbed, or dead it’s not a good thing, but it happens all the time here.” 

Maltas says she’s seen loitering and drug use around here before, but nothing like what happened Thursday evening. 

“The crime in this area is kinda bad anyway, but it’s never been that bad where there was a shooting right next to us,” she said.  

The victim remains at the hospital in stable, but critical condition. 

The suspect has not been identified.. police are hoping someone will recognize him or the vehicle caught on surveillance video. 

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