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Neighbors in north Springfield neighborhood worried after the latest shooting

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 11:28 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A shooting in north Springfield on Tuesday afternoon left neighbors shaken.

A shooting wounded a man in the hand near the corner of Lee and Nettleton. The shooting happened after an altercation between the victim and three men. Police arrested one of the three men wanted for questioning in the shooting. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his hand.

One woman witnessed the aftermath. Says she is worried for others in the neighborhood.

“Everybody’s safety,” said Lanette Coates. “I mean, even the neighbors are so nice. But it’s just crazy how people do stuff like this. I just don’t get it.”

Coates describes what she saw.

“This flashing lights,” said Coates. “I saw all kinds of police cars and everything like that. But I didn’t know what was going on really until after the fact.”

Police also found a rifle last night in the area of the shooting and could not confirm if more weapons were at large.

Coates said she is scared for her daughter’s safety.

“It just happens quite a bit here and I’m not here all the time,” said Coates. “So it’s just not a safe neighborhood.”

After talking to neighbors who did not want to talk on camera for their safety, a gust of wind blew a garbage can onto the road revealing a weapon. Police said it was a pellet gun resembling an AR-15. They say it is too early in the investigation to tell if it was used in the crime.

Coates said when she comes around the area, she can usually hear gunshots.

“The night before, I heard five shots,” said Coates “Then another night, I heard three shots.”

Coates also said she worries for the neighbors.

Police say this case is an open investigation.

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