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Two injured in downtown shooting early Sunday morning

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Two people were struck by gunfire in downtown Springfield shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

A Springfield Police lieutenant who was assisting on a traffic stop in the area of Fifth and Adams streets reported hearing approximately 20 rounds fired, said SPD Commander Sara Pickford.

Police think the gunfire came from a passing vehicle on Washington Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Both victims were struck in the lower leg. Their injuries were non-life-threatening. Names were not released.

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One victim, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the 400 block of East Washington Street.

Pickford said the man told police he had just parked his car and heard gunshots as he was walking. He then realized he had been struck. He was taken to HSHS St. John’s Hospital by ambulance.

The other victim, a 24-year-old male, who also was walking, was taken to Springfield Memorial Hospital by private vehicle.

Pickford said there was conflicting information about whether the victims arrived downtown together.

Several vehicles were damaged by gunfire and panes of glass on the Myers Building, also in the 400 block of East Washington, were shot out.

Pickford said detectives were reviewing video footage to gather information about a suspect vehicle.

Shell casings were found in the parking lot on the north side of Washington between bars The Alamo and Clique and on the south side of the 400 block of East Washington, Pickford said. Both bars have 3 a.m. licenses.

Jonathan Clarke, a manager at The Alamo, said he was outside in front of the bar talking to two employees when he heard over 20 shots.

“I put my arms out and shoved everybody back inside, ran into the bar and told everyone to get down and tried to get people in from outside who were in our beer garden,” Clarke recalled.

Most of the patrons were regular customers, who stuck around until they felt safe leaving, Clarke said.

“At that point it was all adrenaline, getting people inside,” he said. “That was my only concern: locking down the bar and keeping everybody in there.”

Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, [email protected], twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.

This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Shooting injures two in downtown Springfield early Sunday morning

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