One day after a deadly shooting on the north side of Springfield police were called to investigate another shooting at an apartment complex on Sunshine.

Detectives were called to the Sunshine Terrace apartments at 712 E. Sunshine about 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Cops say that several shots were fired when two men attempted to force their way into an apartment on the second floor of the complex. One of the men who lived in the apartment shoved the men out of the dwelling and was shot in the left arm.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that someone knocked on his door and that when he looked out of the peep hole there was woman he didn't recognize.

When he opened the door, two men (a white man and a black man,) forced their way into the apartment. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun.

Burglary doesn't appear to be the motive as nothing was taken from the apartment.

Detectives are interviewing neighbors in the 24 apartments surrounding the crime scene hoping that someone may have heard the scuffle or possibly gotten a look at the suspects.

The victim told investigators that he did not know his attackers.

Police believe that all of the suspects, including the woman, are in their 20's, and are believed to have fled the scene in a late 1980's a maroon Cadillac with large rims.

No new details have been released in connection with Saturday's deadly shooting on the city's north side.

Cops say that witnesses report that three 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.

Witnesses told investigators that the victim and another man got into an SUV and left the scene. That vehicle was recovered a short time later at Cox North where the victim was taken for treatment.

The 38 year-old man was transported to Cox South where he died a short time later from injuries sustained in the shootout.

Detectives have questioned the man who took the victim to the hospital and are processing the SUV for evidence in the case.

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.

Police say that they were looking for a black man who fled the scene on foot in a red shirt and black pants or long black shorts.

He is described as being about six feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds with short hair.

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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