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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2020
On September 18, 2020, at 9:12 p.m., Springfield Police were dispatched to 414 E. Harrison after a 911 caller heard gunshots and located an injured person. When officers arrived, they found a male subject in the parking lot of the apartment complex who had suffered a gunshot wound. The male was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
The victim was identified as Kenneth Wright, a 19-year-old male from Springfield, Missouri. Next of kin notifications have been made. A suspect has not been identified at this time.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
This marks the 18th violent death in Springfield in 2020. Thirteen of those have been determined to be Murder under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) rules, one was classified as Negligent Manslaughter, and another was ruled justified after review by the Greene County Prosecutor. This case, as well as two others, remain under investigation to determine the appropriate classification.
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Case number: 20-31312
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786[email protected]
Release authorized by Lt. Tony Vienhage