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Thompson formally charged with 1st Degree Murder

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

6/11/2015 2:35 PM:  Stephen R. Thompson has been formally charged with the following; Murder 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action (two counts), and Domestic Assault - 1st Degree- with Serious Physical Injury. Thompson's bond amount is $1,000,000.00.

Victim #1 is identified as Carissa L. Girard, 38, 4215 West 26th Place. Carissa was found to be deceased upon the arrival of officers.

Victim #2 is identified as Kristina S. Thompson, 38, 4215 West 26th Place. Kristina was transported by ambulance to Freeman Hospital and is in critical condition. 

6/11/2015 1:44 PM:  Stephen R. Thompson, 54, 4223 West 26th Place, was arrested for Domestic Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action. 

6/10/2015 9:05 PM:  Joplin authorities investigate a homicide fueled by a domestic disturbance.

Officials continue to work at the scene off the 4200 block of West 26th Place.

The crime scene includes two residences, 4215 and 4223 W. 26th Pl.

Authorities have now released the names of the two gunshot victims found at the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

38-year-old Carissa Girard was reported dead upon arrival, and 38-year-old Kristina Thompson was transported to Freeman Health System, where she continues to receive medical treatment.

A 54-year-old male suspect is in custody, arrested without incident when officers arrived, for domestic assault first degree and armed criminal action.

"We've experienced this a couple times where the suspect has remained on scene pending police arrival, so obviously that gives an investigation a jump start," said Captain Bob Higginbotham, Joplin Police Department.

Residents in the area say this is not the first time there has been a disturbance on the street.

"There have been many disputes, throwing, arguing, someone caused a fire and they're up at all hours of the night too, so it's a real ongoing thing," said Nathan Wagner, a neighbor referring to the suspect and victims who resided at 4215 W. 26th Pl.

While it has been ongoing, residents say nothing of this magnitude has occurred.

"I'm still kind of flabbergasted there's actually been a shooting," Wagner said. "I didn't think it had gotten that bad."

"This appeared to be a specifically targeted situation," Higginbotham said. "This does not appear to be random at all."

Authorities say there is no immediate threat to residents in the area.

Charges against the man in custody have not yet been formally filed.
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