A gunman shot seven times at or into a house Wednesday night and injured a man inside. Parsons police are investigating and the victim remains hospitalized.
The shooting occurred at 2330 Crawford. Police were called at 8:47 p.m. and arrived within two minutes.
Police found the shooting victim, Tyler Camper, 23, in the alley between Washington and Crawford but closer to 23rd Street. Camper had been shot once in the chest. Camper did not live in the house on Crawford but was visiting a friend who owns the home, police said.
Police administered first aid to Camper and summoned the Labette Health Ambulance Service. Camper was taken to Labette Health and transferred to Freeman Hospital in Joplin. He remains in Freeman, and a GoFundMe page for him indicates he would find out Thursday if he needed surgery.
Parsons police said the shooter or shooters left after firing seven rounds at or into the residence from the 24th Street side of the residence. One of the rounds passed through a window and struck Camper. Police said Camper was standing inside the home and he ran out of the home and then eastbound down the alley, where he collapsed. The GoFundMe page indicates that Camper was sitting in the living room when the shots came into the house.
Police officers and detectives canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed potential witnesses. The crime scene was also processed for forensic evidence. Police collected shell casings and bullet fragments. Police had taped off the yard around the house and across 24th Street at Crawford for a time Wednesday night.
The investigation indicates that this was a targeted assault and not a random crime of violence, Police Chief Robert Spinks said in a release. Detectives are continuing to track down potential persons of interest.
Camper and the owner of the home saw a rust-colored boxy car driving down Crawford as they were running away. Police think it may have been a Monte Carlo based on the description. Neither Camper nor his friend could place the vehicle at the shooting, and police do not know if it’s connected or just a coincidence of timing.
Police are seeking out video from surveillance systems or doorbell cameras in the area.
“At this point the investigation is centering on confirming stories and eliminating individuals as we confirm alibis,” said Detective Lt. Sherri McGuire. “Like most shootings in Parsons, victims and suspects usually know each other and there is some triggering event that leads to violence.”
Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd said, “much of the supposition and rumors on social media are as usual incorrect. We have to deal with facts. Suspicion and rumor are not probable cause for arrest.”
This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” Anyone with further information on this incident or any other criminal activity can contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, the tip line at 421-7057 or email email@example.com.