Springfield police are asking for the public’s help to identify a ‘person of interest’ in a fatal shooting on Clifton Avenue.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Jose Hermilo Lopez Gutierrez, 50, of Springfield.
This is the city’s first fatal shooting of 2019.
Two calls came into 9-1-1 just after 4 p.m. Monday. One caller stayed with the victim while she waited for medics to arrive. She told the dispatcher that the victim’s eyes were glazed over and he was moaning.
“Somebody’s on the ground, oh my god!” the caller said. “Oh my god, he’s shot! He’s shot!”
Lt. Lou Turner said the round went through the victim’s arm and out his side. Officers found him against a car behind a house in the 1100 block of Clifton Avenue next to an alley.
The man was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center after the shooting, but later was pronounced dead.
Investigators were at the scene for hours on Monday and were back again Tuesday looking for any piece of evidence that could help in the case.
Turner said from the investigation so far, it appears that the man also was robbed.
“People saw the suspect reaching out and digging in the pockets after he was shot,” Turner said.
As of Tuesday evening, no one had been arrested for the shooting but police do have a person of interest.
A neighbor gave police surveillance video from a house nearby. It appears to show a woman wearing a red hoodie, blue jacket, grey pants and pink shoes.
At first, the person is seen on the camera walking casually and smoking a cigarette. But not long after, the same person is seen with their hood up and running away.
It’s not clear who the person is, what their relationship to the victim may be or what their connection is to the case, but police believe that someone knows something.
Police would like to talk with anyone who may know the person in the photos, have other information that could lead to an arrest or if they have additional surveillance video that officers can take a look at.
“You can call detective (Ronald) Jordan at 937-324-7707, if they have information. We’ll take all information,” Turner said.
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