As of press time Thursday, the search was still on for two suspects in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting of three people at a home near Ellington — one of whom was fatally injured.
Ellington, a town of about 1,000 residents, is located in the south central portion of Reynolds County.
Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Stout said three people, a man and two women, were shot in the head about 4 p.m. inside a home on Highway 106, located about five miles from Ellington.
According to Stout, one woman was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where she later died. She has been identified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol as Janet L. Nance, 72, of Ellington. The man, described by MSHP as being 86 years of age, was also airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis where he is still receiving care.
It was reported that the second female victim was able to speak with investigators regarding the incident. Investigators said the 73-year-old woman was shown photos of two inmates that escaped from the Pemiscot County Jail on Sunday, but she did not recognize them.
The two suspects are described as white men who are believed to be driving a mid-sized sedan. By late Thursday, law enforcement still had no idea of a possible motive for the shooting.
The public is warned that the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Persons with information should call the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department at 573-648-2491 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G Headquarters at 417-469-3121.