Springfield woman, 20, doused in gas, shot; man killed in related fire

A man was found dead inside the home in the 300 block of West Liberty Street after police responded to the area on a report of a shooting and a house fire.

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The coroner’s office said they have a presumptive identification of the person killed, however cannot release the name until official identification is made.

A Springfield police report shows the shooting victim, Leaha Gonzalez, 20, was treated and released for minor injuries. The report also lists Raymond Upshaw, 70, of Springfield as the suspect in the shooting.  Upshaw’s address listed in the report is the same address where the fire happened.

“The lady was running out between the houses on Euclid. She was covered in gasoline. She had been shot in the side of her head,” said Erin Lewis, who called 911 after she saw what was going on. “She’s screaming he tried to shoot me, he tried to shoot me.” 

Other callers described the fire at the house.

“I’m a mailman over here on West Liberty. There’s a house on fire,” one caller said.

“It’s crazy. There’s smoke everywhere,” another caller said.

Police have not said how the man inside the house died, however heavy smoke was pouring from the house when investigators first arrived.

Lewis said Gonzalez explained to her what happened. 

“He had poured gasoline all over her and he had tried to shoot her, then he had lit the house on fire and then shot himself,” Lewis said Gonzalez told her. 

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