Murder charges have been filed in the shooting of four victims, two of which were found dead by police Thursday afternoon in 1400 block of Houston Rd., near St. Robert., and I-44 and highway 28 in Pulaski County.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench, who gave information in a press conference at the Pulaski County courthouse Friday afternoon, the jurisdiction of the crime is with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD), but is "matter of feet outside the city of St. Robert."
Bench reported that the call came to 911 on Thursday, January 11 at 2:50 p.m. as a report of shots fired and multiple gunshot victims.
Deputies arrived on scene to discover two males and two females that had been shot. One male and one female were deceased at the scene and the other two were transported to General Leonard Wood Community Hospital and Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla.
Bench announced that PCSD is seeking the public's help in locating Richard Romel Taylor, a 43 year old black male from the Devil's Elbow area and Jamel L. Holt, a 34 year old black male, "who moves between Pulaski County and the St. Louis area."
"Holt is a person of interest and detectives would like to talk to him," Bench said.
Taylor is a different story and is wanted for the murders of two of the victims. Romel has had two counts of Murder in the first degree, two counts of Assault in the First Degree, and four counts of Armed Criminal Action filed against him by Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman in this case.
"Taylor is considerd to be armed and dangerous, please do not approach him," Bench said.
Bench said the public was not in any immediate danger because the shooting appeared to be targeted at the individuals who were shot and was likely drug related.
Bench said investigators are still in the process of of the collection of evidence and couldn't tell reporters how many shots were fired yet, during questions by the media.
Hillman said, in a press release about the charges filed against Taylor, that he "is currently on probation for federal drug charges and has a prior conviction for a murder in Cook County, Illinois in 1990."
Judge Colin Long has issued a warrant for Taylor's arrest and "set it as no bond," Hillman said.
Bench also told reporters that a weapon had been discovered early Friday morning in the woods near the crime scene but has been "determined not to be part of this crime."
Multiple jurisdictions have been assisting with the investigation of the crime including Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Robert Police Department, Waynesville Police Department and the Lake Ozark Major Case Squad.
The names of the victims are being withheld, according to Bench, for "safety purposes." Bench said there was video footage of the areas around the crime scene but it's too far away from the roadway to determine "which vehicle is which."
PCSD is asking that anyone with any information call 573-774-6196.