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Mohamed Dawod charged with murder

5:31 PM, Sep 9, 2011   |    comments
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Springfield, MO (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against a man for shooting and killing a man Thursday evening in Springfield, Missouri.

Mohamed Dawod, 25, was charged Friday afternoon with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Dawod is accused of shooting 32-year-old Justin Hall just before 6 p.m. at the Greyhound Bus Station on E. Kearney.

Documents state passengers were in line to re-board the bus, which was en route to St. Louis from Amarillo, Texas, when Dawod pointed a .22 Sig Sauer handgun at Hall's back, and shot him.

Two men wrestled Dawod to the ground as he continued to pull the trigger, but the gun jammed.

Witnesses say there was not an argument before the shooting.

Dawod was taken into custody, and requested medical treatment for injuries sustained while detained by the witnesses.

The weapon was recovered on the ticket counter with a live round in the chamber.

Hall was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

After receiving treatment, Dawod was taken to the Springfield Police Department Headquarters where officers conducted a recorded interview.

During the interview Dawod claimed to not understand English well, and didn't understand his rights.

Dawod is currently held without bond.

Greyhound Lines, Inc. Spokesperson Timothy Stokes released this statement:

"The safety of our employees and passengers is our core value and something Greyhound takes very seriously.

"We strongly enforce a zero tolerance policy with respect to unruly or aggressive passengers. Aggressive or threatening behavior - even displayed as humor - is taken as a serious offence and will not be tolerated. Greyhound drivers have authority to refuse service to anyone they feel poses a threat on the coach.

"In addition, all passengers are subject to random wandings and baggage checks at Greyhound stations, conducted by professional security teams. These checks are conducted at random and any passenger could be selected at any time.

"Our terminal employees and drivers have a heightened sensitivity to suspicious behaviors and prohibited items. They have also been trained to notify local law enforcement if any suspicious activities or unaccompanied packages are observed.

"Greyhound prides itself on being a safe and reliable mode of transportation for its passengers. We transport more than 17.6 million passengers annually, covering 5.5 billion passenger miles each year. We take security incidents very seriously and work with the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure our processes are effective.

"We are assisting Springfield, MO law enforcement with their investigation into last evening's incident and our hearts go out to the passenger and his family during this very difficult time.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our passengers."

KSDK

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