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Suspects identified, charged following fatal Sedalia shooting

Eric Harper was arrested and charged following a fatal shooting in Sedalia. (Pettis County Jail)

A suspect has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday morning.

Online court records stated Eric Harper, 25, was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Sedalia police had responded to the 1200 block of East 4th Street after a person had witnessed a shooting. Officers later learned a man had been admitted to the emergency room at Bothwell Hospital with gunshot wounds. The victim, who had been shot multiple times, said the shooting had occurred at 314 N. Summit Ave. The man was taken to University Hospital where he was expected to recover, according to the probable cause statement.

When officers arrived at 314 N. Summit Ave., they heard moaning. They found 42-year-old Maurice Harper lying in the grass on the north side of the house, with a gunshot wound in his chest with what appeared to be from buck shot, according to the probable cause statement. Maurice Harper died a short time later.

As a deputy was headed to the police station for questioning with the man who said he had witnessed the shooting, they saw a male walking near 3rd Street and Montgomery Avenue. The man in the deputy's vehicle identified the individual as 'the shooter,' according to the court document.

The suspect was taken into custody, but gave several false names and was uncooperative at the jail, the document stated. He was identified as Eric Harper, of Chicago, Illinois.

Harper admitted to going to 314 N. Summitt Ave. to purchase drugs. He told investigators he had left the residence before any shots were fired, however, officers found blood on Harper's jeans.

He also said Antonio Harper, of Broadway, Illinois, was at the residence when the alercation took place.

A witness from inside the residence told investigators a person matching Harper's description had pointed a gun at her and said something similar to "give me all your stuff." A photo of Eric Harper was presented to the witness, and she identified him as the individual who pointed the gun at her.

Eric Harper is considered a flight risk as he has had several convictions for robbery, according to the probable cause statement. He was booked into the Pettis County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police said Antonio Harper, 30, was injured in the shooting, but drove off shortly after the incident. Law enforcement found him at a gas station in Warrenton and took him to an area hospital for his injuries. Police sought charges of second-degree robbery, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon against Antonio Harper.

Anyone with information concerning the death of Maurice Harper has been asked to call the Sedalia Police Department and speak with Detective John Fellows at 660-827-7823 Ext. 1247.


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