Springfield Police investigate shooting incident

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SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in its investigation into a shooting incident that took place on the city's east side on July 6.

Springfield police say officers were dispatched to St. John's Hospital at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting victim that arrived by private vehicle.  Upon arriving, officers discovered that an 18-year-old male had suffered a graze wound to his left forearm.

Authorities say the victim told police that he was outside of a car near 16th Street and Spruce when an unknown black male began shooting at him.  However, officers say the victim allegedly provided conflicting information about the location of the shooting and other details surrounding the incident.  Officers also say it is believed that the unknown suspect or suspects drove by in a red-colored vehicle and fired several shots at the victim before leaving the scene.

Springfield police also say a woman sitting in a vehicle parked in the 1500 block of South 16th Street was struck by gunfire related to this incident, and that the bullet had passed through an unoccupied baby seat in the vehicle.

Police continue to investigate this incident.  If you have any information, you are asked to call Sangamon County Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

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