Woman was critically injured in attack at home in north Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - A woman may not have been shot in the face at a home in north Springfield as police first thought early Thursday. Investigators said Thursday afternoon that it now looks as if she may have been beaten.

Police were dispatched to the home at 1849 N. Broadway Ave., near Kearney Street, about 1 a.m. They found the injured woman with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her face. Paramedics took her to a hospital.

“In the course of her treatment today, it has been discovered that blunt force trauma may have been the cause of her injuries. The official cause has yet to be confirmed and continues to be investigated,” a police department news release says.

The woman was is in critical but stable condition on Thursday afternoon and police expected her to survive.

Police got a search warrant for the home. They also interviewed and arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting the woman. He was in the Greene County Jail on Thursday afternoon but not yet charged. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Police had the area around the house blocked off most of the morning. Neighbors woke up to find the police cars, and wondered if they should be worried about their own safety.

"It's scary, it's really scary. My granddaughter and great granddaughter are over there too, and, even though they're okay now, it makes you think what could've happened too," said Mary Routt.

Police, however, said this was not a random attack.