“The defendant did purposefully fire a deadly weapon (firearm) into a crowd of people multiple times with the purpose to cause physical harm and death,” the court record states. “One round struck the victim causing his death. The defendant then removed the firearm and discarded it impairing its availability as evidence in this matter.”
Two others were shot, according to police, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries.
Clark County Prosecutor Dan Driscoll told the Springfield News-Sun in an interview that Crossley’s indictment only reflects charges relating to the death of Beard. He said he believes Beard and Crossley knew each other.
Crossley was not listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail this week. Rastatter had previously set his bond at $250,000 in the case.
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Springfield police began their investigation when they responded to the bar at around 2:40 a.m. June 17, 2018, due to multiple people being shot, according to a report from the Springfield Police Division. When they arrived, Beard was laying in the parking lot not moving.
A licensed practical nurse was giving Beard CPR when police arrived, the report states. When medic units arrived, they were unable to find a pulse for Beard, according to the report.
Neither the two surviving victims nor witnesses could give police a good description of the suspect, the report states. It is still unclear what prompted the attack.
Immediately after the shooting in June, a makeshift memorial was set up around a pole near the bar with a stuffed animal bear and a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ balloon. Beard was killed in the early morning hours of Father’s Day.
A more permanent display has since been set up around the pole in his honor.
“Obviously it’s still a long process left and hopefully we can get (the family) the ending they’re hoping for,” Dan Driscoll said.