A suspect has been identified and arrested in connection with a shooting incident Thursday morning in Sedalia.
According to a Sedalia Police Department news release, Henry L. Ward, 18, of Sedalia, has been arrested and is at the Pettis County Jail pending the filing of state charges. SPD is seeking charges of first degree burglary, two counts of first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
SPD Sgt. Kelley Casto, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, said a suspect had just arrived in Sedalia around 1:30 p.m. after being arrested in Columbia and transported to SPD.
“We were able to identify a possible suspect and with the help of the Columbia Police Department, they located the suspect at a residence in their jurisdiction,” he said.
Sedalia police responded to a call at 4:50 a.m. Thursday of shots fired at a home in the 1800 block of South Sneed Avenue.
Two victims, a male and a female, were located and taken by the Pettis County Ambulance District to Bothwell Regional Health Center and later were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of their injuries.
“Both victims are alive and being treated for their injuries,” Casto said.
The victims were identified in a SPD news release Thursday afternoon as Elisha Marie Curry, 30, of Sedalia, and Terez Dominique Lewis, 27, of Sedalia. A juvenile, who was not wounded, was in the home at the time of the incident.
“At some point in time (Lewis and Ward) have known each other, we don’t know for sure (how they know each other), but these two do have a past,” Casto said. “We’re working that part of the investigation right now, their past history. We’ve got some detectives out trying to gather more information on it right now. Hopefully we can get pointed in the right direction here soon.”
Casto said he does not know if there is any connection between Curry and Ward.
“If anyone has information that can help us, by all means get a hold of us,” Casto said. “If they want to talk anonymously, we can do that. We’d be willing to sit down and talk with them about that. Or use our Facebook page. Anything that can help the investigation is greatly appreciated.”
If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact the Sedalia Police Department at 660-826-8100 or through the Sedalia Police Department Facebook page.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke. Reporter Hope Lecchi contributed to this report.