Sheriff's office investigates shooting
By Paula Clair
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Two men were transported to St. John’s Hospital-Springfield with bullet wounds today after seeking treatment at St. John’s Hospital-Lebanon, and are now possible suspects in an attempted break-in in the 18000 area of Omega Drive.
According to Laclede County Sheriff Richard E. Wrinkle, dispatch received a call about someone attempting to break in to the residence.
The home owner reportedly said he was awakened by someone trying to break in to the front door of his house.
“He had reported that he had been having some things stolen from his property. He got his rifle and fired one shot through the front door of his house. He looked out the back door, and saw two people running west or south of his place in the direction of a neighboring home,” said Wrinkle.
Since the homeowner does not have a phone, he went to a neighbor’s house to place the phone call to the sheriff’s office.
“(Deputies) found everything the way (the man) had said it was. The front door had been pried on. They couldn’t find any blood and there wasn’t enough snow to have any footprints,” said Wrinkle.
The man told deputies he believed it might have been the neighbors he had been having problems with recently. When deputies went to speak with the neighbors, the lights of the residence were on but no one came to the door.
A few minutes later, a suspicious car was spotted at the home where the attempted burglary took place.
Wrinkle said he was notified about the car and responded to the scene, but the vehicle had left. A deputy traveling on Omega said he had met a car near Interstate 44 and when the vehicle had turned onto the Interstate, it had its emergency flashers on.
Deputies then called St. John’s-Lebanon to see if anyone had been admitted with a gunshot wound within the last few minutes.
The hospital reported that two men did come in with gunshot wounds. One man had been shot in the abdomen and had entrance and exit wounds, and the other had been shot at angle with no exit wound.
“They said they were walking down the road and someone shot them,” said Wrinkle. “They were both airlifted to (St. John’s Hospital-Springfield).”
Wrinkle said the men are not cooperative and continue to say they were shot while walking along a road.
Detectives will be sent to Springfield today to speak with the men and to recover the bullet, said Wrinkle.
More information should become available later today.
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