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University Hospital still in lockdown

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 9:09 a.m. CDT; updated 3:28 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 28, 2010

COLUMBIA — University Hospital remained in lockdown Thursday morning as the search for a gunman suspected of killing three people he knew in Callaway County continued.

University Hospital Public Relations Manager Mary Jenkins said she was uncertain how long the lockdown would last. Patients, visitors and staff have access to the hospital but will be screened as they enter and leave.

Police were still searching Thursday morning for Joshua William Maylee, 23. He is suspected of using a high-powered rifle and handgun to kill three people and wound another in two separate incidents Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in Callaway County, Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad said.

One of the victims, Gina Werdehausen, 41, was in University Hospital. Her husband, Jeffrey Werdehausen, 46, was killed along with Eugene Pinet, 48; and Jackie Pinet, 57.

The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad said in a news release Wednesday night that more than 60 leads were being investigated. On Thursday morning, Bruchsaler said that none of those leads had panned out.

Investigators said the shootings were targeted but not random. Bruchsaler said people who have had any "negative contact" with Maylee need to call police, and if Maylee knew where they live, they should leave their homes. Bruchsaler said more than 100 concerned people had contacted him.

Another news conference was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Callaway County Sheriff's Department.

 


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