Smokey is still collecting information on this breaking story and we’ll provide updates as they become available. What we know so far is a younger male in the pictured SUV was shot at while driving and sustained shooting related injuries. As we understand it, three shots were fired. One round went through the back window and the other may have hit the right front tire which was deflated after the shooting according to police.
We are not sure of the exact location of the shooting, only that after the shooting the SUV stopped in front of the Pizza Hut on East 22nd Ave near Tom Austin Highway in Springfield. According to one official at the scene the driver of the SUV had a laceration on his face. It’s wasn’t clear if the injury was from flying glass or if he was grazed by the bullet that went through his vehicle. He was transported to NorthCrest Medical Center via ground. The injury was not considered life threatening.
Tensions are high in Springfield with the recent rash of shootings and police are working hard to find the shooters. If you have and information on any of the shootings please call the police.
The description we have on the suspect is a black male, black coat in a black vehicle.
County Mayor Howard Bradley chatted with Smokey at his home in Springfield this evening; “These acts of violence are something that everyone in our community is concerned about and I think it’s important that we (first of all) think about the families that have been directly affected by these crimes while at the same time not have a knee jerk reaction to what can be done.We need to look at what we as a community ought to be doing to make our streets safer and this crosses social economic lines. We do tend to find most of these acts in the less affluent parts of Springfield and for that reason we need to do more to reach out to people that live in those areas and bring more opportunities available into those areas. To be safe and to be conscious of where we are and what’s going on around us and work together as a community to make it a safer place to live.”
Anyone with information, call Crime stoppers at: 615 382-3799. All information is anonymous and Crime stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
We are waiting on the official report, if any new facts emerge we will provide them to you.
Jim Ball reporting January 5th 2012
UPDATE: This is the Police report from Springfield January 7th 2013
Shooting on 22nd
On 6 Jan 2013 Officer William Johnson was dispatched to 22nd Ave and Mockingbird Lane in reference to shots fired. While in route to the call Officer Johnson was advised that a blue SUV was involved in this incident and Officer Johnson located a blue Dodge Durango on 22nd Ave in the roadway. Officer Johnson located the driver, 24 year old Joshua Brooks and called for EMS when he saw that Mr. Brooks was injured to his head. Officer Johnson reported that Mr. Brooks told him he had been shot by a black male driving a black car and wearing a black jacket. Officer Johnson reported that Mr. Brooks told him the suspect fired three rounds at him and one had hit him. Detective Rickie Morris is working this case and is following up on leads.
If anyone has information concerning either of these crimes they are urged to contact Crimestoppers at (16) 382-3799. Crimestoppers will pay up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in either of these cases. Detectives can be reached at (615) 384-8422.