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Police arrest suspect in Monday shooting near Casey's

John E. Mims, 28 (Photo: Kirksville Police Department)

UPDATE: A convicted felon is now charged in connection with Monday's report of shots fired near Casey's General Store south of Downtown Kirksville.

John E. Mims, 28, of Kirksville, was arrested Monday morning.

He is charged with First-Degree Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action.

Court documents say that just after 9:30 a.m. Monday, Kirksville police officers responded to a report of shots fired near the Casey's convenience store at 503 South Franklin Street.

Witnesses told investigators Mims and another man had exchanged words inside Casey's.

Police said surveillance video showed the victim leave the store, and Mims followed shortly after.

The argument between the two continued in the parking lot.

One witness told police she saw Sims shoot at the victim from the driver's seat of a moving car before it left the scene.

A short time later, officers tracked down Mims standing along the street in the 600 block of South First Street, where he was taken into custody.

A nine-millimeter handgun was found on the ground by a utility shed near that location.

The tracks in the snow leading up to the shed matched Mims' shoes and the suspect's right hand field tested positive for gunshot powder residue.

The suspect’s bond is set at $150,000.

Police have arrested a suspect in Monday's report of shots fired near a Casey's in downtown Kirksville.


John E. Mims, 28, of Kirksville, was arrested and charged with First-Degree Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action.

According to a statement sent out Tuesday morning by Kirksville police, officers responded around 9:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired near the Casey's convenience store at 503 S. Franklin. Investigators were told a man fired two rounds at another man, then took off on foot.

After viewing surveillance video from the Casey's, officers tracked down Mims along the street in the 600 block of South First Street, where he was taken into custody.

The Kirksville Police Department was assisted by the Truman State University Department of Public Safety and the Adair County Sheriff's Office.

Mims' bond was set at $150,000.

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