Fatal shooting at Koshkonong convenience store

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

One person died and three were critically injured in a shooting at the Snappy Mart convenience store in Koshkonong, Mo. the morning of Saturday, April 11.

After approximately four hours, Christopher Lindley, 28, of Thayer, was arrested in Howell County between Koshkonong and West Plains. He has been charged with first-degree murder a class A felony and armed criminal action an unclassified felony.

Oregon County Sheriff Eric King stated in a press conference held on Saturday, April 11, the suspect was apprehended after Howell County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of a possible sighting of vehicle.

Officers responded to a 911 call placed from the clerk inside the store. Several of the witnesses inside the store were not injured.

During the press conference held on Saturday, April 11, at Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, it was stated at least one of the victims and the suspect knew each other.

Missouri Highway Patrol Troop G Information Officer Jeff Kinder informed media at the press conference that Victims were initially transported to Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, then transported to hospitals in the Springfield area.

One victim was from Oregon County and two were from out of state.

The first deputy to arrive on scene found one wounded victim, identified as Paul Chavis lying on the ground. Upon entering the store, the deputy found another victim, identified as Carlos Moreno, a trucker from California, dead against a wall. He had been shot through the glass window from outside. A wounded woman identified as Melissa Rae Blaskiewicz, was found sitting at a table. The last victim found identified as Jonah Bivins had been shot in the face and identified Lindley as the shooter.

Agencies that responded to the 911 call included Oregon County Sheriff’s Office, Thayer Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, West Plains Police Department and Howell County Sheriff’s Office.

More details will be released as they become available.

Due to spacing issues, quarantine guidelines and the availability of medical and mental resources, Lindley is being held in Dent County.

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