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Fatal Shooting Has Neighbors Worried

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A shooting in Joplin leaves one man dead and residents in the area feeling unsafe.

Barbara Dellheim lives in a neighborhood that some would call rough.

"There's always something going on in this neighborhood. The cops are here day and night," she says.

Criminal activity like the shooting that took place around the corner from her house, though, took her slightly by surprise.

"I thought it was fireworks," she stated.

What Dellheim mistook for fireworks was actually gunfire on the 800 block of South Connor Street.

"When officers arrived, they located a male who was laying in front of the residence who appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound."

Joplin officers provided emergency assistance until EMS arrived on the scene, but the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Sergeant Wolf says that the shooting occurred following an altercation.

"The initial investigation show that there had been a disturbance involving the individuals. Investigators were also able to speak with the subject who shot the male on scene," he said.

No arrests have been made and police wouldn't specify why. Dellheim says she feels uneasy about the whole situation.

"I mean somebody could've been walking down the street and got shot, at the wrong place at the wrong time," she stated.

She says she sometimes feels insecure to live in her own house.

"You don't feel safe leaving your doors unlocked, even in the daytime."

For Dellheim, though, this neighborhood is her home no matter what, despite her concerns.

"I like this neighborhood, but yet I don't because it's a lot of walkers at night and you don't know who you're gonna run into."

The investigation is ongoing.

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