HOLTS SUMMIT — Authorities searched Wednesday for a Callaway County man after three people were killed and another wounded in central Missouri.
University Hospital in Columbia, where one of the victims was in critical condition, was on lockdown because authorities feared the gunman could show up. MU officials said no other buildings on campus were affected.
"We believe the rest of the campus is safe at this time," MU Police Chief Jack Watring said.
At a news conference at the Callaway County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday afternoon, Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler said the lockdown was the hospital's "standard policy" and not a response to information that the suspect was headed for the hospital. The VA hospital was also locked down.
Reports of shots fired in any of MU's parking garages, which circulated with great speed on campus via social media and text message, were "completely unsubstantiated," Bruchsaler said.
The Callaway County Sheriff's Department said Joshua William Maylee of Callaway County is a suspect in the deaths of Jeffrey Werdehausen, 46, of Holts Summit; Eugene Pinet, 48; and Jackie Pinet, 57.
Investigators said a high-powered rifle and handgun were used in the shootings.
Werdehausen's wife, Gina Werdehausen, 41, was wounded in the attack Tuesday night and was the victim at the hospital, authorities said. The Pinets were killed Wednesday morning.
Werdehausen's niece, Shanna Wyatt, 34, said Gina Werdehausen was shot in the neck after she heard dogs barking at her home and went outside to investigate.
Wyatt said the person who shot Gina Werdehausen then went inside and shot Jeffrey Werdehausen, the father of two children and two stepchildren.
"It's completely unexpected," Wyatt, also of Holts Summit, said. "It's a very small community. He has a lot of friends."