Springfield police investigate string of shootings

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SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department says it is investigating a string of shooting incidents on the city's east side that have happened during the month of July.

Springfield police say the first incident happened during the evening hours of July 16, when police say an individual or individuals shot at a house in the 200 block of South Livingston.  A resident in the home says the shot broke a window, and police say the bullet was found in the couch that the resident and a child were sitting on.  The resident also reported that she heard a vehicle accelerate quickly away from her residence after the gunshot.

The second incident happened at Crossing Too Liquor at about 6:30 p.m. on July 19.  Authorities say the preliminary investigation shows that a silver vehicle pulled into the store's parking lot, and several individuals exited the vehicle and ran towards another vehicle in the parking lot while firing multiple shots.  Police say the individuals then got back into the silver vehicle and left the scene while the victim got to a safe area and called police.  Multiple shots in this incident hit the victim's vehicle, and at least one hit the store.

The third incident happened in the 400 block of Colby at about 1:20 p.m. on July 20.  Springfield police say they talked to a witness who said a silver car pulled into his lot and went behind a parked vehicle.  The witness says he heard several shots being fired, after which the silver car left the lot and traveled south on Colby.  Another witness says they saw an individual with a gun get back into the silver car.  Springfield police recovered several spent bullet casings on the ground in this area.

The fourth incident happened in the 500 block of South Wesley at about 1:55 p.m. on July 21.  Springfield police say their preliminary investigation revealed that a silver car, occupied by three or four individuals, stopped just south of a residence when one of the occupants brandished a gun through one of the car's windows.  The individual then fired multiple shots towards the residence, which had several children and adults in front of it.  The silver vehicle then continued to travel south on Wesley.

Springfield police say no injuries were reported in any of these incidents.  If you have any information on these crimes, you are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at (217) 788-8311.

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