Springfield Police at the scene of an incident. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

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A Springfield police spokesperson confirmed an arrest has been made in connection to the Tuesday night shooting death of Chaviz Nguyen in downtown Springfield.

At 4:51 p.m. Nov. 16, police announced charges have been filed against Elysha Bedell, 19, and two juveniles, whose cases have been referred to juvenile court. Bedell was booked in the Greene County Jail in Springfield at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15, according to online jail records.

According to the Springfield Police Department, Bedell will be charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action, and will be held in jail without bond.

UPDATE: Charging documents, namely a probable cause statement filed by Springfield police, offer some details of what transpired and led to three arrests.

Elysha Bedell
Elysha Bedell was arrested Nov. 15, 2023. (Booking photo by Greene County Sheriff’s Office)

According to previous Daily Citizen reporting, officers with the Springfield Police Department responded at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday to a report of gunshots fired from vehicles at Grant Avenue and College Street. The police located a vehicle driven by Nguyen, 26, of Springfield. Nguyen and an unidentified female passenger had been wounded by gunshots.

Nguyen — the son of Chea and Ratamak Nguyen, who own the downtown restaurant Lucky Time — died at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The shooter fled the scene in their vehicle immediately after the shooting.

This is SPD’s 17th homicide investigation of 2023.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published at 10:18 a.m. and updated at 5:51 p.m.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger