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Joplin man identified as victim of Monday shooting

Joplin Police have identified the victim of a shooting Monday evening. Read the full press release below:

The deceased victim in this case has been positively identified as Kenneth Jay Mathews, age 46, of Joplin.

Investigators have exhausted all attempts at next of kin notifications. An autopsy for Mathews will be conducted on Friday, May 20th in Ozark, Missouri.

The name of the second victim is still being withheld at this time. He remains in critical condition.

Detectives with the Joplin Police Department are continuing to work this investigation and ask that if you have any information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Joplin Police Department at (417) 623-3131.

ORIGINAL:

On May 16th, 2022 at 6:06 pm, the Joplin Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call of a report of gun shots near the intersection of 5th and Connor Avenue in Joplin.

While officers were responding dispatch received information that two people had been shot and the suspect(s) had fled the area in a dark colored passenger vehicle.

Upon arriving on scene, officers located one adult male who was deceased from apparent gun shot injuries. Another adult male had suffered multiple gun shot wounds and was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The names of victims are being withheld at this time pending official notification of next of kin. Detectives with the Joplin Police Department responded to the scene and are actively working a homicide investigation.

If you have any information regarding the suspect(s) in this case, you are encouraged to contact the Joplin Police Department at (417) 623-3131. Further details will be released  as they become available.

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