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Two People Die In Baxter Springs Shooting


Two people have died and a third person is in serious condition after a shooting in Baxter Springs.


According to Chief Brian Henderson, the call came into Baxter Springs dispatch just after 2:00 p.m. yesterday; the caller reported gunshots inside a residence in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Henderson says life-saving measures were started, but two of the three passed away at the scene. The third victim is in serious condition in a Joplin hospital. No names have been released due to pending notifications of next of kin, however, 41-year-old Kyle Butts, of Independence MO, is being held in the Cherokee County Jail pending formal charges.


Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says there is no concern about a threat to the public. More information is expected to be released today. Baxter Springs Police, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, and the KBI are all investigating the incident.

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