SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Five people including a police officer and a gunman have died in a shooting at a Missouri gas station after the gunman went inside and opened fire, police said Monday.
The dead also include three citizens, Springfield police Chief Paul Williams announced Monday, and an officer was injured along with another citizen.
Williams said police received reports of “multiple shooting calls throughout the city” late Sunday. As officers were responding, witnesses reported a vehicle crashed into a Kum & Go. gas station and convenience store, and the gunman ran inside and began shooting customers and employees, Williams said. The first two officers who arrived were shot.
Other officers pulled the injured officers from the store and then went inside, finding three citizens dead. The gunman also was found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot, Williams said.
Officer Christopher Walsh died at a hospital, Williams said. He was with the Springfield police for 3 1/2 years, was an Army veteran and was active in the Army reserves. Officer Josiah Overton, whose injuries are not life-threatening, has been with Springfield police for two years, he said.
“Both officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions,” Williams said.
The identifies of the other victims have been identified as 57-year-old Troy D. Rapp, 46-year-old Shannon R. Perkins and 22-year-old Matthew J. Hicks-Morris.
A fourth victim is in critical condition and is being treated at Mercy Hospital, according to police.
Police are still working to determine a motive for the shooting, the chief said.
He said it was too early to comment on the impact the shooting had on his department.
The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Joaquin Roman, of Springfield.
“We’re still investigating multiple crime scenes and dealing with grieving the loss of one of our own,” he said.
“Chris died a hero, rushing in without regard to his own safety to protect members of his community. His courageous actions serve as an example to us all,” said Chief of Police Paul Williams.https://t.co/NZQvg15dso pic.twitter.com/08PYIRWR6q— Springfield PD (@SGFPolice) March 16, 2020
BREAKING: @chief_spd reports a shooter at Kum and Go late Sunday night killed a Springfield officer and three customers inside the store. Another is in the hospital with injuries. Shooter killed himself.— Brandon Beck (@brandonbeckky3) March 16, 2020