UPDATE: A man arrested in the shooting death of Chaviz Nguyen has been identified as Elysha Bedell. Bedell is charged with 1st-degree murder, among other charges. Two 17-year-olds were also charged with 1st-degree murder in the shooting in juvenile court.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An arrest has been made in connection to the downtown shooting that occurred on Tuesday night, according to a Springfield Police Department spokesperson.
26-year-old Chaviz Nguyen and a woman were both found shot in their car near the intersection of Campbell Avenue and College Street shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
Pastor Roger Franklin says he will forever be connected to the Nguyen family, after calling for change when their son was shot and killed.
“I am honored and glad that someone who has taken a life, who has that ability to do that, whatever reason why, is off the street,” Franklin said.
He tells OzarksFirst there are other ways to prevent these shootings.
“One solution is we’re going to be more visible out in the community and be more visible with these young men,” Franklin said.
Even though an arrest was made, Franklin says there are other obstacles ahead.
“We’re thrilled that the capture happened,” Franklin said. “But now we want to go in there and even rehabilitate that young man.”
He’s hoping young people will now see the impact violent behavior can have.
“Let’s do this and get results from it, let’s watch our crime go down,” Franklin said.
Franklin is calling on the community to do more action, instead of reaction.
“Nothing is good about what happened,” Franklin said. “And the young people that are caught… That’s not anything to shout about either. But what I want them to take away from this is get compassion back in them and let’s go do some preventive maintenance.”
Nguyen died at the scene Tuesday night despite lifesaving efforts from emergency responders. The woman was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is still ongoing. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.