Police: man shoots father and son over fireworks


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Barry Stevenson

CHARLESTON, Mo. - The sound of fireworks were drowned out by the sound of gunshots after police say a man lost his cool.

A 39-year-old Charleston, Missouri man and his 10-year-old son are in the hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators say the situation unfolded late Thursday afternoon near the intersection of Swank Street and West Ironbanks.

Police are looking for the man they say pulled the trigger; Mark Mowery.

There's a pool of blood in the street, and about ten feet away from that, fireworks in the street.  For people in a normally quiet community, it's a gruesome reminder of that happened on Independence Day.

Ross Starks and his neighbors want to know why.

Starks says he doesn't know the man who lives here, who is accused of shooting a father and son, but he does know the victims.

"Working man, work, take care of his kids, family, take care if his daughter and son," Starks said of the victims.

Louvennia Ross knows them too, and says all she knows to do is pray.

"The Lord wants us to live and help one another, not destroy each other," Ross said.

Mowery is considered armed and dangerous, Ross admits she's a little scared.

"You never know, you have to keep praying to the Lord and ask him to protect you," Ross said.

The Director of Public Safety at the Charleston Police Department says he thinks Mowery hit the road.

"He's left the area and this was an isolated incident, so I don't think there would be any more danger in that are," Chief Robert Hearnes said.

But there are still more questions than answers.

Questions about a senseless crime that these people will never forget.

Mowery is described as being 6-foot-1 and weighing about 150 pounds. Investigators say Mowery could be in Kentucky and he may be driving a 1997 two tone green and tan Chevy s10 pickup truck,  with Missouri license plate 2-C-A-3-0-3.

If you see him, call police immediately.

Police say when Mowery is found, he'll be charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police say both victims are in stable condition.