SIKESTON - A Charleston man hospitalized for a single gunshot wound refuses to prosecute his shooter.
According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, the shooting happened shortly before 2:59 a.m. Sunday when DPS officers were dispatched to Jazz-Z and Blues-Z, 221 E. Malone Ave., for a call of a shot fired. Upon arrival, officers found a large crowd at the club and one subject lying in the floor with a single gunshot wound to the back. The victim has been identified as Fonta T. McKeller.
Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot, which they believed at first to be a firecracker, prior to McKeller falling to the floor.
McKeller was transported by South Scott Ambulance Service to Missouri Delta Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. He is still in the hospital as of press time.
The Southeast Missouri Major Case Squad consisting of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sikeston DPS, New Madrid County Sheriff's Department and the Scott County Sheriff's Department, was activated due to the serious nature of the incident, Juden said.
As of Sunday morning, authorities were not sure what condition the victim was in, according to Capt. Mark Crocker of the Sikeston DPS. "We had to investigate it more or less as a possible homicide," he said. "We put a suspect in jail yesterday morning. ... We had taken the investigation about as far as we could by 5 o'clock yesterday evening and could have proceeded with warrants this morning."
At this point the victim made his intentions for the case clear: "Fonta McKeller signed a prosecution refusal this morning," Crocker said.