Deceased victim identified in Joplin fatal shooting

Authorities release the name of the deceased victim in a fatal shooting in Joplin. The Police Department is still withholding the name of the second victim.
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities release the name of the deceased victim in a fatal shooting in Joplin. The Police Department is still withholding the name of the second victim.

Kenneth Jay Mathews, 46, of Joplin died from apparent gunshot wounds on Monday. According to JPD, “Investigators have exhausted all attempts at next of kin notifications.” They have scheduled an autopsy for Mathews on Friday, May 20, in Ozark, Missouri.

A local hospital is treating a second victim who police say remains in critical condition.

Detectives with the Joplin Police Department are continuing to work on 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.

Fatal Shooting Homicide at 5th and Connor Avenue

On Monday, May 16, 2022, someone called the Joplin Police Department Emergency Communications Center shortly after 6:00 pm. They reported gunshots near the intersection of 5th and Connor Avenue.

Officers responded. Meanwhile, dispatch learned that someone shot two people. They also learned the suspect(s) left in a dark-colored passenger vehicle.

Officers got there and found one adult male dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The second male suffered multiple gunshot wounds. A local hospital is treating him.

The Joplin Police Department states that they are withholding the names of the victims while they notify next of kin.

“Detectives with the Joplin Police Department responded to the scene and are actively working on the 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.” – JPD

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