2 people shot to death in Springfield in one day

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Springfield police are investigating the city’s second fatal shooting in less than 24 hours.

Officers responding to 911 calls found 33-year-old Juan Rodriguez Jr. on the ground outside a residence on Avon Place just before 5 p.m. Wednesday suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses described hearing a disturbance in the area before the shooting.

There had been no arrests as of Thursday morning.

The shooting occurred just hours after 23-year-old Darrell Jenkins was fatally shot in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood just after midnight Wednesday. There have been no arrests in that case either.

There have been five homicides in Springfield this year.


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