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Cox South Hospital Shooting In Springfield Partly Suicide

Cox South Hospital Shooting In Springfield Partly Suicide

By Nancy Simpson. CREATED Dec 2, 2013

Police say they have a portion of what happened at CoxHealth in Springfield figured out, but there are still more questions to answer concerning a fatal shooting.

Saturday night, Carolyn Cox was visiting her husband, Booker Cox junior, when shots were fired inside his room on the ninth floor. Police say an autopsy shows Booker died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 79.

Carolyn was also shot and is recovering. The full circumstance of how she took a bullet is still being investigated.

Police say no one else was involved.

From a press release from the Springfield Police Department...

At approximately 9:18 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th, Springfield Police responded to the 9th floor of Cox Hospital at 3801 S. National Avenue after receiving reports of shots fired at that location. When police arrived, they learned that Booker Cox Jr., and his wife, Carolyn Cox, had both been shot and were receiving treatment for their injuries. At 10:09p.m., Booker Cox Jr. was pronounced dead.

Carolyn Cox continues to receive treatment for her injuries. An autopsy was conducted today, and preliminary results indicate that Booker Cox Jr. died as a result of the gunshot wound. A final determination of the cause and manner of death will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office at a later time. Initial indications from the follow-up investigation are that Booker Cox Jr.’s wound was self-inflicted.

The full circumstances of Carolyn Cox’s shooting have not yet been determined. The investigation will continue until a final determination is made. More specific details of the investigation will not be released at this time. Based on this information, no suspects are being sought, there is no indication that others were involved in this incident, and there is no threat or danger to others in the community.

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