Saturday, April 4, 2009

UPDATED: BREAKING NEWS: Cops Working Deadly Shooting Near Cox North:

UPDATE AT BOTTOM:

Details are sketchy, but Springfield police have been called to investigate a homicide not far from the headquarters of The Assemblies of God and Cox North hospital.

The crime scene is near N. Main and Calhoun.

THIS IS THE SAME SHOOTING ABOUT A MILE FROM DOWNTOWN THAT HAPPENED EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. THAT CALL CAME IN AS TWO TEENS FIRING AT EACH OTHER IN THE 1300 BLOCK OF NORTH MAIN.

Sources say that a 38 year-old black male was shot multiple times and transported to Cox South where he died.

KSPR is reporting that the gunfight broke out between three people and that the victim and one of the other men got into an SUV that cops found at Cox North.

Cops have got the east side of Main at Calhoun blocked with yellow crime scene tape as detectives work to uncover clues in the deadly shooting.

Investigators have recovered at least six spent shell casings and say that stray bullets may have hit a nearby house.

Police are still searching for the suspect who fled on foot wearing a red shirt and black pants or long black shorts. He is described as a black man who is about six feet tall, in his late teens or early twenties who weighs about 170 pounds.

Police are conducting interviews with other witnesses, including the man who took the victim to Cox North hospital.

UPDATE: Monday, April 6, 2009:



A teenager from Springfield has been charged with murder in connection with a deadly weekend shooting on the city's north side.

The Greene County Prosecutors office has filed second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges against 19 year-old Anglish Johnson Jr.

Witnesses told police that two men were involved in a gunfight in the middle of the street in the 1300 block of North Main a little after 4 p.m. and that the victim, 38 year-old Nathaniel Charleston Jr., get into an SUV driven by a woman that left the scene.

That vehicle was recovered a short time later at Cox North where the victim was taken for treatment.

In the probable cause statement filed with the charges, Charleston's girlfriend, Leitta Johnson, who was the driver of the SUV told Detective David Meyer that she saw Charleston and Johnson, who is her cousin, fighting in the street shortly after 4:00 pm Saturday.

She told investigators she saw Johnson fire several shots at Charleston, then run away from the scene.

Charleston was transported to Cox South where he died from injuries sustained in the shootout.

Six spent shell casings were recovered from the crime scene---and it appears that some stray bullets may have hit a house in the quiet neighborhood near Cox North.

Cops say that Johnson showed up at police headquarters about 1 p.m. yesterday (04-05-09) and was advised of his rights which he said he understood. He then requested an attorney.

Johnson was placed on a 24 hour hold and booked into custody at the Greene County jail where he remains on $250,000 bond.

Police are still gathering evidence in the case and ask anyone who may have information on the crime to call (417) 864-1810.

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