A gunman suspected of firing shots at a north Springfield clinic was arrested by Police on Wednesday.
The gunman fired shots at the Mercy Family Clinic at 2200 West Kearney, according to police. It occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Springfield Police was called to a Mercy family medicine clinic in the 2200 block of West Kearney. They say they are yet to find any eyewitnesses, but several people heard the shots fired.
Lt. Tony Vienhage with Springfield Police says, “Officers arrived on the scene; they did search the area, and eventually, they did find evidence of at least one gunshot being fired.”
Police discovered damages to a vehicle parked on the west side of the building, and say an employee at the clinic reported receiving threats earlier in the day. Police got reports of a vehicle speeding from the area.
Vienhage says, “Preliminary indications are that it was an employee at the Mercy clinic that is having some issues with an ex, a person they were in a relationship with.”
“It’s just really a shame that somebody would come to a place where we take care of people and try to heal people and fire a weapon. Obviously, we’re concerned about our coworkers; this had to be scary,” says Mercy spokesperson Sonya Kullman.
It was terrifying for some Williams Elementary families too. The school is directly across the street, and some students and staff were outside when it happened. “It’s really shocking, because they’re still looking for this person that was shooting, and our kids are here,” said Tamika Caesar.
Students were immediately taken inside the school and stayed there. Parents were notified of the incident by phone, text, and e-mail, and Caesar decided to pick up her son. “Just to make sure he’s safe,” she said.
A suspect was arrested by Springfield police on Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Mercy is working to provide counseling opportunities for clinic staff. “We’ll be taking care of them and making sure that they’re calm and ready to come back to work,” says Kullman.
Mercy shut down the clinic for the rest of the day, and Williams Elementary kept students and staff indoors for the rest of the day until regular dismissal time.