This is a bulletproof vest that officers are expected to wear. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

An 18-year-old from Illinois was shot and killed Monday evening in west Springfield and as of Tuesday morning police did not have a suspect.

Lavelle C. Rose III, 18, from East St. Louis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rose was shot while in a vehicle at West Calhoun Street and North Forest Avenue. Police responded to a report of someone shot at 6:51 p.m. April 17.

Rose was a passenger in the vehicle. The female driver also was shot; she was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both Rose and the driver had multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477). 

This is Springfield’s third homicide investigation in 2023. 

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Springfield Daily Citizen. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin