PACIFIC, Mo. – Law enforcement has identified the victims of Wednesday’s double shooting and is asking for the public’s help in solving this homicide.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, deputies and other first responders were called to a home in the 2400 block of Spring Valley Drive at around 7:30 p.m. for a reported shooting.
Deputies found a man and woman had been shot outside the residence, Pelton said. The man, identified as Ronald Cline Jr., was pronounced dead. Cline was 39.
The woman, Leslie Barstow, was rushed to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. She was 34.
“I don’t think the public should be concerned. They were probably the intended targets,” Pelton said. “As we get further in the investigation, more is going to be revealed.”
Investigators have not discussed what may have led to the shooting.
“It’s a devastating, senseless killing, so it’s important to bring justice for the victims… Investigators are working hard and following up on leads to try and bring some justice for them,” Pelton said.
The sheriff said deputies spoke with at least one witness that heard a vehicle leaving the area after the shooting. Investigators are also checking for tire tracks and surveillance video.
“We did talk with an occupant that made the 911 call that came in, did hear a vehicle leave, so we know that another person was there,” Pelton said.
Anyone with information on the shooting or home camera footage from between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 636-583-2560.