Investigation continues after deadly Kennett shooting

Updated: Feb. 21, 2021 at 6:14 PM CST
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KENNETT, Mo. (KAIT) - The investigation into a weekend shooting that killed one person in Kennett is continuing as authorities continue to investigate.

Five people were shot, and one person was killed early Sunday morning in a shooting at the American Legion Building in Kennett, according to police.

Kennett police said in a media release that they got a call around 12:25 a.m. Sunday about a person shooting a firearm.

“Upon arrival, (the) investigation revealed that multiple individuals had been shot. Officers discovered five total victims. One victim later died from his injuries,” Kennett police said.

The other victims were taken to area hospitals. However, authorities said two of the victims were in stable condition and were flown to a hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Police have no suspects in the case at this time.

Authorities, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Kennett police are investigating the shooting.

Officials believe the shooting happened at a private party with around 200 people inside the building.

The department is also not releasing any victim information yet. They are still working on notifying the families.

The case is being investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol, Dunklin County Sheriffs Office, and the Kennett Police Department.

Kennett Police Chief Kenny Wilson says they are doing everything they can to give the victims’ families closure.

“We’ve got officers working around the clock trying to run down whatever leads we have. Right now, we have different officers in different towns running down different leads,” said Wilson. “Hopefully, we’ll come up with something by the end of the day.”

Wilson says any bit of information helps.

“I would stress to anybody that was at the party last night if they would come forward with any information they have, even if it’s something little, it may be something that helps us out tremendously in solving this case,” said Wilson.

Anyone with information on the case can call Kennett police at 573-888-4622 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.