Springfield police need help to solve 2 shootings

7:31 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 Crime

The Springfield Police Division is asking public for help after two shootings over the weekend.

Three people, two men and a teenage girl were shot Friday night.

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The first shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. near Kroger on South Limestone Street, Springfield Police Division Lt. Jeffrey Meyer said. The victim, 21-year-old, Eric Webster, received life-threatening injuries, after an argument, according to witnesses. He remains at Miami Valley Hospital but the hospital said it couldn’t release his condition.

The Springfield News-Sun obtained several 9-1-1 calls from the shooting. One caller heard five to six gunshots and said she saw a few cars chasing each other out of the store’s parking lot.

The other shooting happened less than two miles away on South Western Avenue about 10:40 p.m. Several people were inside a house when shots were fired from the outside, striking two people, police said. One 9-1-1 caller heard about 10 shots outside of their home, according to a recording of the call.

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A 17-year-old female victim was struck in the right-side of her abdomen and 20-year-old Jamar Michael Ferrell was hit in his buttocks and graze by a bullet on the back of his neck. He also at Miami Valley Hospital and listed in good condition.

Not much information is known about either shooting at this time, Meyer said, and detectives need the public’s help.

“We are looking into that to see if they are related. We cannot determine at this time if they are related. We are still investigating that,” Meyer said.

Police are checking with Kroger to see if surveillance video covered the part of the parking lot where the shooting took place. They believe there is witness video available, he said, and are looking into finding it.

“A lot of times we don’t have cooperative victims or witnesses,” Meyer said. “If we had a video that shows us exactly what happened, that’s always a good thing to have.”

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Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to contact the Springfield Police Division at 937-324-7685 or Meyer at 937-328-3434.

Springfield resident Martez Sparks said he was shocked by the shootings. He’s lived in Springfield his entire life and goes to the South Limestone Street Kroger because it’s near his job. He said the incident has made him more cautious.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Sparks said.