ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Francois County deputies spent hours on Tuesday combing the streets of the Farmington area, searching for a suspect in a shooting that happened just west of Farmington city limits Tuesday afternoon.
It all began at a flea market on State Route 221, just before 3 o’clock. That’s when some residents say a fight broke out near storage sheds surrounding the vendors.
Police say it ended with a 39 year-old Farmington resident shot in the upper back with a shotgun. Luckily the wound wasn’t life threatening, and the victim immediately drove himself to the Convenience Barn, just down the street, to call for help.
Now, police have one 37 year-old Farmington resident in custody, but are still looking for a 59 year-old man they say was also involved in the shooting. That’s what’s worrying Chris Holmes, who owns a business right across the street from where the shooting took place. His teenage daughter and a secretary were inside the building when they heard the gunshot. Holmes says it was a frightening experience for them, and he didn’t want to take any chances: “We asked them to just go ahead and lock up just in case, because we usually have our front door open and didn’t want anyone to come through the door.”
He and other residents say it’s shocking that a shooting—and continued hunt for a suspect like this—would happen in their quiet town. Holmes explains, “It’s usually very safe, we usually don’t have any worries around here, and this has kind of got us concerned.”
Police say the shooting victim was airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment. Investigators are still looking into possible motives, and say more arrests are expected.