In a press conference Wednesday, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser revealed a few more details about the shooting that happened in Sarcoxie Tuesday morning that resulted in the death of one Carthage man and the injury of another.
Kaiser said that Lafayette Starr, 30, of Springfield, is the only suspect at the time. The victim that is still alive, Gage Williams, 21, was able to identify the suspect, he added.
Starr has been charged by the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's Office with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action. He is being held at the Jasper County detention center on a cash-only $2 million bond.
Kaiser said Starr was an acquaintance of the two victims, Tayler Anderson and Williams. Anderson, 22, was killed, while Williams has a gunshot wound and is stable, Kaiser said.
Starr was arrested by the Springfield Police Department at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night after it coordinated with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, as well the Missouri Highway Patrol. Kaiser said he could not comment on whether the gun Starr might have used was recovered.
Kaiser said that the three were driving along Gum Road prior to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The shooting occurred in and near the roadway, east of 37th Street, outside of the car, Kaiser said. Williams then made his way to a nearby home and residents called the police upon his request.
Police, who were called at 1:35 a.m., came minutes later and found Andersen dead on Gum Road. His body has been sent to Kansas City for an autopsy, scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Williams has yet to be discharged from a local hospital.
"Both these young men are Carthage High School graduates," Kaiser said. "They were both well-liked and well-respected in the community and so it's a sad event."
The investigation is still ongoing.