4 Civilians, 2 Springfield Officers Shot By 'Roving Active Shooter'
Springfield, MO – A Springfield police officer and three civilians were murdered by an active shooter inside a gas station late Sunday night.
A second Springfield police officer and another citizen were wounded, ABC News reported.
Springfield police responded to the area after receiving “multiple shooting calls throughout the city,” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said during a press conference on Monday.
While they were en route to the area at approximately 11:43 p.m., the gunman crashed his vehicle into a Kum & Go store, then ran inside and opened fire.
“In essence, we had a roving active shooter,” Chief Williams explained during the press conference.
Springfield Police Officer Christopher Walsh and Officer Josiah Overton were the first to arrive at the scene, ABC News reported.
They were immediately shot by the gunman.
Additional officers pulled the wounded officers out of the store to safety and made their way into the building.
They discovered the bodies of three citizens inside, ABC News reported.
The gunman was also found dead from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Chief Williams said.
The wounded officers were rushed to a local hospital, where Officer Walsh was pronounced dead.
The U.S. Army veteran served the Springfield Police Department (SPD) for three-and-one-half-years, and was also active in the Army reserves, ABC News reported.
Officer Overton, a two-year veteran-of-the-force, is expected to survive his wounds.
“Both officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions,” Chief Williams told reporters, according to ABC News.
The condition of the wounded civilian victim has not been released, KOLR reported.
Investigators have not released the names of the civilian victims or the gunman, according to ABC News.
They are also working to determine the potential motive for the mass shooting, Chief Williams said.
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