Shots Fired From Tower with Animal Shelter in Direct Line of Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Four people were taken into custody today after reports of shots fired near the Springfield Animal Shelter.

Law enforcement received a call from the shelter around 4:30 p.m. Monday, saying there was gunfire from a nearby tower.

The fire tower is used by local first responders for training.

When the suspects heard sirens, they dropped everything and ran, according to the Springfield Police Department. They were eventually found by the Greene County Sheriff's deputies, where the three men and one woman were arrested.

They claimed to have been out walking the trails.

After further investigation, the Springfield Police Department found they were shooting at wooden planks set up as targets.

The four were released from custody at about 6:30 p.m.

The Springfield Police Department did not comment on possible charges for the individuals.

No human or animal was harmed and no damage to the animal shelter's exterior has been confirmed.

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