Suspect arraigned in shooting at Missouri convenience store


In a booking photo provided by the Howell County Sheriff, Christopher Lindley of Thayer, Missouri, is shown. A shooting during the weekend at a southern Missouri convenience store killed a truck driver from California and critically injured three other people, authorities said Monday, April 12, 2021. (Howell County Sheriff via AP)

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri man has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges in a shooting that killed one person and critically injured three others.

Oregon County authorities say the court entered a not guilty plea for 28-year-old Christopher Lindley, of Thayer, on Monday. He is accused of shooting the victims early Saturday at the Snappy Mart in Koshkonong.

A probable cause statement released Monday said one victim, Paul Chavis, was shot outside the store.

A deputy found Carlos Moreno, a truck driver from California, dead and two others, Melissa Rae Blaskiewicz and Jonah Bivens, injured inside the store.

Authorities did not announce the victims’ hometowns.

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press

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