Springfield police want public’s help to solve shooting, hit-and-run

Springfield police are asking the public for information about a double shooting and a hit-and-run that left three men injured.

All three incidents happened about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday near West Grand and Lowry avenues. The Springfield Police Division confirmed that the three incidents appear to be related.

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Luis Garza, 27, was shot several times, including twice in the left side of his chest and once in the left shoulder and left hip, according to a Springfield police report.

His brother, Alan Garza, 24, was also shot multiple times, suffering wounds to his left hand, right groin, left buttock and scrotum area, the report says.

Doug Crowley, 39, was the victim of the apparent hit-and-run, suffering injuries to his neck, ankle and thigh, the report says.

Luis Garza was released from the hospital Wednesday morning but both Alan Garza and Doug Crowley remained in Miami Valley Hospital on Wednesday evening. No condition report was available for either of them.

Police were dispatched to Grand Avenue on a report of shots fired and found Crowley in a yard, injured after he was struck by a car. The Garzas had left before police and medics arrived, police said.

Springfield Regional Medical Center was locked down for a time because the shooting victims brought there by private vehicles.

All three men were eventually taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, the police report says.

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Luis Garza’s neighbor, who didn’t want to be unidentified because she is uncomfortable, said the brothers are respectful, quiet and helpful. One of them cuts her grass.

“They are very good neighbors, very nice and respectful people. Very quiet they don’t bother nobody,” she said. “They work. They come home. Go to work, they take care of their kids.”

Springfield police have limited information about the shooting, Capt. Mike Varner said.

“Right now, we are still in the early stages of the investigation, following up with witnesses and the victims,” Varner said.

The Springfield News-Sun obtained through a public records request several 9-1-1 calls. One call came from a woman in a home near where the shooting took place. The woman said a shooting was happening across from her home and people were laying on the ground. The caller also stated she heard about 10 gunshots and about three cars chasing each other.

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Another call from a man described the hit-and-run. He said someone had just been hit on West Grand and South Lowry avenues and that the person was bleeding badly. The caller also said the car that hit Crowley took off from the scene. He was uncertain about the car’s color but said it was a BMW.

The police report says the suspect vehicle is a blue BMW.

“The light blue BMW was reported as being involved and we’re still following up on that,” Varner said.

The motive of the shooting is still unknown and it remains under investigation, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield police at 937-324-7685.

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