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Two Arrested in Springfield Murder
Two men are behind bars after an explosion of gunfire early Wednesday morning cost one man his life and left another seriously hurt. Police say the shots rang out around 4 a.m. near the corner of 19th and Kansas Streets on the east side of Springfield.
Police say it all started as a fender bender where the suspects hit the car the victims were riding in. Angry words soon turned to gunfire, and the family who lives in the home at that corner found themselves in the crossfire.
“I seen the guys out there arguing about one guy ran into that car right there," Harvey Hall said. “They was real loud."
Hall and his family listened in terror as the gun shots pierced the air right outside their east side home.
“Sound like big booms," Hall said. "Like boom, boom, boom."
Police said it was 34-year-old Oscar Brown who fired those shots, and 21-year-old Richard Lawuary was along for the ride.
“Unfortunately a lot of people are resorting to gun play," Springfield Police Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said. "They're out there shooting and in a matter of seconds you can take somebody's life."
In this case, 38-year-old Charles Rice Jr. lost his life, and 40-year-old Richard Williams was able to hold on.
“I saw blood," Hall said. "Blood trail.We walked to the end of the 1111 building down there and saw one victim laying in the driveway screaming he'd been shot in the leg."
Police said Williams was seriously hurt and has since undergone surgery.
Meanwhile, the home that ended up at the center of a murder is still bearing the marks of violence.
“As you can see on the right side of my house right there, three bullet holes in my house," Hall said. "I don't know what to do now. I'm afraid, my wife afraid and my kids, they terrified."
The coroner said Rice Jr. died from multiple gunshot wounds, but his official autopsy is not until Thursday.
The coroner said Rice is from Minnesota and was in the capital city visiting relatives.
At last check, Williams was at Saint John's Hospital in stable condition.