Five people were killed after a shooting at a gas station in Missouri, including a police officer and the alleged gunman, police said Monday.
Police received calls of multiple shootings throughout the city starting at 11:24 p.m. CDT, including a call at 11:43 p.m. to a Kum & Go gas station where callers reported a vehicle crash and an armed suspect shooting customers and employees at the store, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said in a statement.
Williams said police believe one individual is responsible for each of the incidents.
We have heavy hearts this morning following a tragic situation occurring overnight. Officer Chris Walsh lost his life and Officer Josiah Overton is recovering at a local hospital, after suffering a gunshot wound. 4 others lost their lives. https://t.co/pThcp7ds17 pic.twitter.com/djSLXrYR41
— Springfield PD (@SGFPolice) March 16, 2020
One of the first two officers, Christopher Walsh, to respond to the Kum & Go suffered a fatal gunshot wound and died at the hospital, according to police.
Another officer, Josiah Overton, is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Other officers responding to the scene removed the two injured officers and found the suspect dead from “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Williams said. Officers also found three deceased individuals and one person with a gunshot wound.
The person with a wound is being treated at a local hospital, according to police.
“Both of these officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions,” Williams said.