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Shooting near ‘mini park’ injures 3 in Poplar Bluff

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 4:49 PM CDT
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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KFVS) - A shooting investigation is underway in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Police said an argument led to multiple shots being fired on Mary Street between Garfield and Alice Streets, also known as the ‘mini park’ area, on Tuesday evening, May 11.

Three people were injured in a shooting at the "mini park" in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Three people were injured in a shooting at the "mini park" in Poplar Bluff, Mo.(KFVS)

The first officer arrived to the scene shortly after 6:30 p.m. and found a person on the ground with a gunshot wound and two others injured.

One victim was flown to a St. Louis hospital with critical injuries.

The second victim was transported by ambulance to a St. Louis hospital and the third was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital. The severity of their injuries is not known at this time.

According to Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley, officers found multiple weapons, money and drugs at the scene.

Poplar Bluff Police said multiple shots were fired on Mary Street between Garfield and Alice...
Poplar Bluff Police said multiple shots were fired on Mary Street between Garfield and Alice Streets on Tuesday evening, May 11. Three people were injured. (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)((Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department))

There is no suspect information at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

We talked to Poplar Bluff Police Department Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Criminal Investigations Division, who described the scene when they got there.

“It was a very spread out scene, a lot of shell casings, a lot of blood, and then personal items that people lost throughout the altercation, so there’s hats and shoes and things like that kind of strewn about down the block,” he said.

Police hope anyone who saw the incident will come forward.

“We’ll gather all the witness information as we can,” Lt. Stewart said. “We know there were other individuals present at the time, so hopefully some of those individuals saw exactly what took place.”

He said they’ll be interviewing the injured victims as soon as they’re able to.

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