Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams talks about an overnight shooting that left a Springfield Police officer among 4 killed by active shooter.
Police say their response Monday morning to a south Springfield apartment complex is connected to Sunday night’s Kum & Go shooting that resulted in five deaths, including that of a police officer.
At about 11:30 a.m. Monday, marked Springfield Police Department cars blocked the entrances to the Abbey Apartments on East Erie Street as officers deployed a BearCat armored vehicle on the apartment premises.
Jasmine Bailey, spokeswoman for Springfield police, said that police activity was related to Sunday night’s shooting, but she said she could not comment on what police were doing or whether investigators believe anyone involved in the shooting lived at the apartments.
Court records indicate the man police have identified as Sunday night’s shooter, 31-year-old Joaquin Roman, lived at the Abbey Apartments as recently as December.
The Abbey Apartments are about 2 miles away from the intersection of Battlefield Road and Lone Pine Avenue where police were initially dispatched at 11:24 p.m. Sunday night for a shots fired call.
Police Chief Paul Williams said that while officers were en route to Battlefield and Lone Pine, more reports of shots fired came in from Ingram Mill Road and Highway 65 as a gunman fired shots from a moving vehicle as he made his way north through the city’s east side, acting a “roving active shooter.”
Eventually, Williams said the suspect crashed his vehicle outside of the Kum & Go on Chestnut Expressway and Prince Lane, walked inside and began shooting customers and employees.
Williams said Christopher Walsh and Josiah Overton were the first officers on scene at the Kum & Go, and they were immediately fired upon by the suspect who was inside the store as the officers approached in the parking lot.
Walsh was killed and Overton suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The next arriving officers removed Walsh and Overton from the scene and then went inside the store where they found three dead civilians, one injured civilian and the suspect who had apparently died by suicide, according to Williams.
Police identified the three deceased civilian victims as Troy Rapp, 57, Shannon Perkins, 46, and Matthew Hicks-Morris, 22. Rapp was a Kum & Go employee, Perkins was employed by WCA Waste Corporation and Hicks-Morris was a customer in the store.
Police say the fourth civilian victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
In a news release Monday afternoon, police identified Roman as the shooter. Chief Williams said Monday morning he had no idea what the shooter’s motivation might have been.
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