Police continue search for suspected gunman, vehicle

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 11:38 a.m. CDT; updated 3:17 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 28, 2010

FULTON — Police asked farmers Thursday morning to check their fields for a vehicle tied to the suspect in the Callaway County shootings that left three dead.

At a mid-morning news conference Thursday, police said the suspect, Joshua William Maylee, was believed to be driving a silver Pontiac Bonneville. Descriptions of both Maylee and his car have been sent to authorities in Missouri and adjoining states.

Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad said Gina Werdehausen, 41, who survived the shootings, was in stable condition at University Hospital. Her condition had previously been listed as critical.

Bruchsaler said Maylee has a large family in the area, but police do not believe he is hiding with any family members. Police have made contact with family members, who were being cooperative, Bruchsaler said.

Police assured the public again Thursday morning that the shootings were not random acts. Bruchsaler said Maylee, 23, targeted these four victims specifically.

Maylee 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, Bruchsaler said.

Werdehausen's husband, Jeffrey Werdehausen, 46, was killed along with Eugene Pinet, 48, and Jackie Pinet, 57.

According to an article from The Associated Press, court records show that Pinet had stored a lawn mower allegedly stolen by Maylee. According to the article, a police probable cause statement said Maylee had previously taken a stolen lawn mower to Pinet's home, near Holts Summit.

It is not clear whether Pinet knew the mower was stolen, according to the AP.

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