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Joplin shooting suspect in custody; charges filed

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Updated May 7, 2014: Joplin shooting suspect in custody; charges filed

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF JOPLIN

The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges of Armed Criminal Action and First Degree Assault on Matthew Garcia, a 22 year old male of Joplin, in reference to the shooting that occurred on May 4, 2014 in the area of 14th and Cleveland.

If anyone has any information on where this suspect might be, please contact the Joplin Police Department. You can contact us via phone at 417-623-3131, on our web page at www.joplinpolice.org, or on our Facebook page at www.facebook/JoplinPD .

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Updated May 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM CST:  Person of interest in shooting identified; still being sought

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

On May 4, 2014 at approximately 9:30 PM, officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to the area of 14th and Cleveland for a possible shooting. Officers arrived and located the victim of an apparent gunshot. The victim received one gunshot wound that was non-life threatening. He was transported to Freeman West Hospital where he is currently listed in good condition.

The Investigations Bureau responded to the incident. A person of interest in this case has been identified and the Joplin Police Department is currently looking for this person. It appears that the victim and person of interest are known acquaintances of each other and the incident began as an argument between the person of interest and the victim.

The victim in the shooting has been identified as 23 year old, David C. Reynolds II of Joplin.

This continues to be an on-going investigation. We will send more information out once this has been updated.

If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Joplin Police Department. You can contact us via phone at 417-623-3131, on our web page at www.joplinpolice.org, or on our Facebook page at www.facebook/JoplinPD.

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Posted May 5, 2014 at 12:41 AM CST:  Joplin Police Department responded to a shooting at a residential neighborhood on 14th and Cleveland Street Sunday evening.

The call came in around 9:30 p.m. for reports of shots fired, and gunshot wounds occurring outside a residential home in the area, according to Corporal Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department.

One man, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital for his injuries. There is no word on his condition.

Neighbors say they heard multiple shots be fired, along with several sirens sound.

Niess says they believe officers know who the suspect is. He said there was no police involvement during the dispute between the two and they don't suspect him to be dangerous to other neighbors.

Crews blocked off the area surrounding the homes, as crews continued searching for additional evidence, including bullet casings.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Department and Missouri Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.

As of 12:30 a.m., the suspect remains at large.
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