Charleston deadly shooting that led to Sikeston crash leaves one dead, another seriously injured

Deadly shooting investigation, victim pronounced dead after crash
Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 11:58 AM CDT
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SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - A two-vehicle crash in Sikeston on Sunday night involved two people shot in Charleston, Missouri.

According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Chief Jim McMillen, officers responded to Main and Malone around 9:06 p.m. and found a car lying on its passenger side and a truck, both heavily damaged from a crash.

Sikeston Fire Division personnel arrived on scene to remove two people from the car.

McMillen said the driver of the car was taken by ambulance to an area hospital and later transferred to a St. Louis hospital. The passenger of the car was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scott County coroner.

He said the driver of the car had one gunshot wound and the passenger had multiple gunshot wounds from a shooting in Charleston.

Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes said one occupant, 18-year-old Zionta Haynes, was deceased.

Hearnes said they are considering it a homicide.

The 18-year-old female who was driving was seriously wounded.

She may have also been shot.

The vehicle was headed for the MO Delta Medical Center when the crash happened.

According to Sikeston DPS, the occupants in the truck had minor injuries and declined treatment at the scene.

Chief McMillen said officers determined the car was going north on Main Street and failed to stop at the red light at the intersection. The truck was trying to turn east onto Malone from Main when it was hit by the car.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control sent investigators to Charleston and the crash in Sikeston to investigate.

McMillen also said the Major Case Squad was activated.

The road was shut down for several hours during the investigation.

The death investigation will be handled by the Mississippi County coroner, per Missouri law.

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