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3 dead in 2 separate shootings in Springfield this week

Springfield Police Department headquarters on Chestnut Expressway in Springfield
Michele Skalicky
Springfield Police Department headquarters on Chestnut Expressway in Springfield

Springfield Police have conducted four homicide investigations so far in 2023.

A day after a fatal shooting on Monday night in Springfield, Springfield Police began investigating two other deaths.

The Springfield Police Department responded to a residence at 2110 S. Florence Avenue Tuesday afternoon after a caller said they heard gunshots. They found a man and woman dead inside the home. They suspect 33-year-old Keith Spellmeier of Harrison, Arkansas shot 62-year-old Donna Spellmeier of Springfield. Police believe the man then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An investigation is ongoing. It was Springfield’s fourth homicide investigation of 2023.

Monday night, 18-year-old Lavelle C. Rose the Third of East St. Louis, Illinois was killed in a shooting on Springfield’s northwest side. Police said a report came in just before 7 p.m. that someone had been shot in a vehicle near the intersection of Forest Avenue and Calhoun Street. An unidentified female driver of the same vehicle had also suffered multiple wounds but survived.

Police had not yet identified a suspect as of Tuesday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1010 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.
Gregory Holman is a KSMU reporter and editor focusing on public affairs.