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

Springfield police are in search of a suspect connected to a shooting death that happened about 2 a.m. on May 3. 

Police found the victim, Jimmie E. Johnson III, 42, lying in the backyard of 2304 N. National Ave. after officers were called to the house on a report that someone had been shot.

Johnson had been shot once, according to a Springfield Police Department news release. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Police on Wednesday afternoon had not yet identified a suspect in Johnson’s death. Detectives continue to investigate the shooting and ask anyone with information to call 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477), or online at p3tips.com

Johnson’s shooting death is the fifth homicide investigation in Springfield so far this year.

Cory Matteson

Cory Matteson moved to Springfield in 2022 to join the team of Daily Citizen journalists and staff eager to launch a local news nonprofit. He returned to the Show-Me State nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to arriving in Springfield, he worked as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star and Casper Star-Tribune. More by Cory Matteson