(Springfield, Mo.--02/14/18) The Springfield Police Department is looking for a person wanted in connection to a fatal shooting in northeast Springfield Tuesday night.
According to Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer, Springfield Police Department, the shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday in a neighborhood in the 1400 block of East Blaine.
"The caller stated that the female had been shot and she was laying in front of the yard at the time. As officers arrived and a suspect or suspects had already fled the scene," explains Cox.
When they arrived, they found 29 year old Raquel R. Montgomery outside the residence with fatal injuries. Authorities say Montgomery does not live at the home, but is known to police and has a prior criminal record.
"It does appear to be isolated, doesn’t appear to be a random situation from what we know now we do believe the victim and the suspect knew of each other."
Neighbors like Nichol Avino say it makes her nervous to think this type of thing could happen in her neighborhood.
"Me and my roommate we’re sitting on the couch watching TV and we just heard two pops, it sounded like firecrackers and I went to look out the window and noticed a bunch of cop cars and the lights."
Avino adds she doesn't like the idea of guns and crime being so close to her home. The mother says she couldn't believe what she heard.
"I’ve been over here many times before I moved in here and nothing like this has ever happened this close."
Police have been interviewing witnesses, but do not have any suspects in custody. Cox says they have responded to the residence 20 over the past year. She adds this is the third homicide of 2018.
"If you do maintain good healthy relationships, if you stay away from the drug trade, you’re chances of being violently hurt in Springfield are very low."
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.