Fred Duffey looks over the small flowers placed on the corner of Rice and Josephine streets in remembrance of James Mundy, who was shot and killed there Monday night. Duffey was the first to find Mundy and tried to take care of him till medics arrived. Bill Lackey/Staff
Photo: Bill Lackey
Photo: Bill Lackey

No arrests after Springfield man shot, killed on Rice Street

Springfield police are searching for who was behind the trigger of the gun that killed a man Monday night.

James B. Mundy, 24, of Springfield, was shot at the corner of Rice and Josephine streets just before 10:30 p.m., police said.

Mundy was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he died. He had gunshot wounds in the right thigh and left bicep, according to a Springfield Police Division incident report.

Neighbors in the area of the shooting said they heard men shouting at one another before gunshots rang out.

“I heard arguing and then ‘Help me! Help me!’” Tammy Wilson said.

“Then a gun shot — it sounded like he was scared when he yelled,” she said.

Mundy was walking when he was shot, Springfield Police Division Chief Stephen Moody said.

Detectives are following up evidence and testimony they collected at the scene, Moody said, but no arrests have been made in the case.

“All motives are on the table,” he said.

The site of the shooting was just blocks from Mundy’s Catherine Street home.

“My guess is he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Micheal Franklin, a friend of the victim.

Fred Duffey was driving to his Rice Street home when he saw Mundy stumbling moments after he had been shot.

“He was covered in blood,” Duffey said.

The shooting was the second scene of shots fired on Rice Street in two days, according to police records. Officers also investigated a report of shots fired — but no injuries — along the same stretch of Rice Street on Sunday night.

“It’s a shame. This neighborhood is normally quiet,” Duffey said. “It’s just a tragedy.”

Friends were shocked when they heard Mundy was the victim of the Monday night shooting.

Mundy loved animals, friends said. A baby raccoon he kept as a pet was found in his jacket by police at the shooting scene.

“He stayed to himself and he was always in his house taking care of his girlfriend and his dogs,” Franklin said.

Mundy’s family couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Mundy’s death is the third homicide investigation in Springfield this year.

On Jan. 9, 23-year-old Marque Whaley of Columbus was shot and killed with an assault rifle, police said. Davon Watters, 25, of Springfield, has been indicted on several felony charges, including murder, in connection with her death.

James Worley, 61, was found stabbed to death inside his North Jackson Street home on Jan. 20. Raymond Poe, 31, of Springfield was arrested in the case and pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated murder. He will spend life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years, according to court records.

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