Police searching for clues after early morning shooting


Springfield – Police responded to an early morning shooting near 23rd and Cass Street.

At 2 o'clock Friday morning, people in the 900 block of South 23rd Street woke up to what they thought were firecrackers going off.  It turns out those were gunshots that would leave one man dead, a neighborhood and police in search of answers.

"You know you see it, but you don't expect it to happen in your neighborhood you know," said Debra Pitts, who lives in the neighborhood.

The victim was found with gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released at this time, and Police continue searching for clues that could lead to an arrest.


The police have said they're hoping somebody saw or heard something, and will come forward to help find the shooter.

"The citizens are our eyes and ears.  I mean, we need their information to solve this case.  The more people we can actually get to come forward, if there's people out there that know what happened, or saw anything, even if they think it's minor, and we haven't talked to them yet, they might have the key piece of evidence that we need to tie several other leads together to come up with a suspect to get these people who are out there shooting at folks in their neighborhood and get them locked up and put in prison," said Springfield deputy chief Cliff Buscher.

Police are asking the community for help in solving this crime. If you have any information you are asked to call Springfield Police or Crime Stoppers.

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