Two shot during shooting spree in Willard area

A Springfield man accused of shooting two people, one in Springfield and one near Willard, is currently being held in the Greene County Jail. Kwaim Allen Stenson allegedly committed the shootings on the evening of Saturday, June 22.
According to one probable cause statement filed by an investigator with the Springfield City Police, Stenson was reported to have allegedly committed the first shooting in Springfield at around 7:50 p.m. In that instance, the victim, George Brooks, told officers he was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Alliance Avenue and Kearney when a “white passenger car slowed down and pulled up from behind him with the passenger side vehicle almost directly up against his bicycle.”
Brooks reported his bike hit the vehicle because it was so close. Then, he saw the driver of the vehicle pointing a black handgun at him. Brooks told officers he heard gun shots and said he believed that the driver fired five shots at him. He believed he was hit in the shoulder, so he dropped his bicycle and ran into a wooded area.
Brooks identified the driver as a black male with a bigger body frame, wearing a dark colored shirt and described the vehicle as an ‘80s model white passenger car with a boxy style, possible a Lincoln or a Buick. Brooks was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
The second shooting was reported to have taken place around 8:05 p.m. the same evening in the area of Farm Road 94 and Willard Road in Greene County. According to the probable cause statement filed in that instance, the victim, Jason Long, was shot while walking on the Frisco Highline Trail. He was struck twice in the abdomen, damaging his colon, liver and intestines.
Long’s fiancé, Amanda Bowser, said while she and Long were walking on the trail, they saw headlights approaching them from the south; they thought this was unusual as vehicles aren’t allowed on the trail. They stepped off the trail to allow the car to pass, but as the car came within 10 feet of Long, the driver pointed a gun out of the driver’s side window and fired about five or six shots at them before continuing north, turning west onto Farm Road 94 and driving out of sight.
Bowser gave a description of the car similar to Brooks’; a white, boxy-style car, possibly a Lincoln. She also described the driver as a black male.
Greene County deputies found three shell casings at the scene marked RMI.
Stenson was taken into custody later that evening in Fair Play while he was stopped at a convenience store. A Polk County deputy sheriff observed him and his vehicle and realized they matched the description of the driver and vehicle from the shootings; he detained Stenson.
Stenson was reported to have been found carrying two full-loaded magazines with 9mm rounds, a holster for a Glock-style handgun, a large knife, and a bag of loose 9mm ammunition. A search of his vehicle found a 9mm Glock handgun, loaded magazines, clothing, water purification tablets, and binoculars. Some of the shell casings were marked RMI, like the casings recovered at the second shooting scene. Stenson’s vehicle also had damage to the exterior, matching the damage caused by Brooks’ bicycle.
Stenson is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, a Class B felony, for shooting at Brooks, Long and Bowser. He also is charged with two counts of assault, a Class A felony, for wounding Long and Brooks, and is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class D felony. Stenson has a prior conviction for voter registration fraud, a felony, which made it illegal for him to possess a firearm.
It was not immediately clear what motive Stenson would have had for the shootings. The investigator in the first shooting reported attempting to speak with Stenson after he was detained in the Greene County Jail, but said Stenson refused to speak with him.


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