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Warrant issued for man charged with murder in connection to Pulaksi County shooting

Deputies are searching for Richard Romel Taylor in connection to a fatal shooting. (Pulaski County Sheriff's Department)

The Pettis County Sheriff's Department announced Friday afternoon it was looking for two men in connection to a fatal shooting.

According to a release from the sheriff's office, Richard Romel Taylor, of the Devil's Elbow area, had a warrant issued for his arrest. Deputies also stated they wanted to speak with Jamel Holt, who is believed to have moved between Pulaski County and St. Louis.

The sheriff's office said Taylor, 43, is considered armed and dangerous and advised the public not to approach him. The release also stated the shooting appears to have been a targeted event aimed at the four victims. The general public is not believed to be in any danger.

The release stated at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, deputies received a 911 report of a shots fired call with multiple gunshot victims in the 1400 block of Houston Road, which was in close proximity to the Interstate 44 and Highway 28 overpass.

Deputies arrived on scene and found four victims, two males and two females. One male and one female were pronounced dead at the scene. EMS took the other two victims to the Fort Wood Hospital and Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

A deputy reported that one of the victims was able to use sign language and give the name of Romel Taylor as the suspect that shot her and the other victims. She then used sign language to give the location of where the suspect vehicle resided: off Tear Drop Road, across from Judy's Place in Devil's Elbow.

Taylor was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Deputies also said Taylor has a criminal history, including a 20-year sentence after he was charged in connection to a homicide in Cook County (Chicago). Taylor was also on federal probation for drug trafficking.

The sheriff's department said the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Robert Police Deparment, the Waynesville Police Department and the Lake Ozark Major Case Squad have participated in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Dispatch line at 573-774-6196.

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