A Springfield Police Officer is dead along with three others after an active shooter went into a Kum N’ Go convenience store on East Chestnut Expressway after a shooting spree.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams told reporters that Officer Christopher Walsh was shot and killed by the assailant and another officer was shot. Officer Josiah Overton is being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Williams said that police began to receive 911 calls around 11:24 p.m. Sunday night about shots fired at Battlefield and Lone Pine. Calls then continued to report shots fired at 2100 South Ingram Mill, then at Sunshine and 65.
The gunman then apparently crashed his vehicle at the Kum N’ Go at 2885 East Chestnut Expressway. The gunman entered the store where four people were shot, three of the victims suffering fatal wounds. The fourth is being treated at a local hospital.
Two Springfield police officers arrived on the scene and immediately came under fire from the gunman, with Officer Walsh being mortally wounded. When other officers arrived on the scene, they were able to get Officers Walsh & Overton out of the line of fire.
When officers entered the store, the gunman was dead of a gunshot wound that officers believe was self-inflicted.
Police did not identify the victims in the store or the gunman pending next of kin notifications.
The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released to the press later today. OI will update when the Springfield Police Department provides more information.
Update: Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has released a statement on the incident.
“We ask the community for prayers for the families, as well as for wounded Officer Josiah Overton and another wounded person who was in the store at the time of the shooting,” Mayor McClure said. “We are indebted and very grateful for our officers who exhibit extreme bravery for our protection. Officer Walsh made the ultimate sacrifice. Our community mourns his loss.”