The University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia has been on lockdown since noon today. According to a hospital spokesperson, the lockdown is connected to an ongoing investigation into two shooting incidents in Callaway County that have left three people dead. A fourth victim survived and was sent to University Hospital. Authorities are concerned the suspect in those shootings may attempt to enter the hospital.
The suspect has been identified as Joshua William Maylee. The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad is searching for Maylee, and is urging anyone who has had “negative contact with him” in the past to contact the Squad, for his or her own safety.
He is suspected of shooting 46 year-old Jeffrey Werdehausen of Holts Summit, who died of his wounds, and his wife, 41 year-old Gina Werdehausen, who survived and was taken to University Hospital. Their bodies were found at a scene in the Holts Summit area. The Sheriff’s Department says 48 year-old Eugene Pinet and 57 year-old Jackie Pinet have also been found dead in Callaway County, and their deaths are believed to be connected to the Werdehausen shootings.A number of area schools were also on lock down Wednesday. But Mid-Mo Major Case Squad’s Sergeant Robert Bruchsaler says Maylee is not a risk to the general public.
“The person we’re looking for is not randomly going out and shooting people. These were targeted individuals. They were known to this individual. So the public can relax that he’s not out just randomly shooting people,” Bruchsaler said.
Maylee is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds with blue eyes and a balding head. He may be driving a brown or black Dodge truck, or a silver 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4-door, Missouri license plate number SC1-S5S.
During the lockdown at University Hospital, patients, staff and visitors will be allowed access but will be screened as they enter and leave.
Mike Lear (KWIX) and John Marsh (KWOS) contributed to this report