Man charged with killing 2 in central Missouri campground
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with killing two people at a central Missouri campground after he was evicted.
Gary Sweet, 58, of Rolla, is jailed without bond after he was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault or attempted assault and four counts of armed criminal action. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
Authorities began investigating early Wednesday after gunfire was reported at the Riverview RV Park and Campgrounds along the Osage Beach River in Lake Ozark, which is about 120 miles southeast of Kansas City.
Officers searched and found two people dead from apparent gunshot wounds in a bed in the living quarters of the park’s office, which showed signs of forced entry, a Lake Ozark detective wrote in the probable cause statement. The victims’ names weren’t immediately released.
A married couple also reported that shots were fired into their RV around midnight. The man was wounded and taken to a hospital; his wife wasn’t hurt.
The probable cause statement says the couple told officers that the two people killed managed the campground and had evicted Sweet in October. That’s the same month that Sweet was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the husband and one of the homicide victims, according to police records. The wife also said that a person matching Sweet’s appearance was outside her and her husband’s RV at the time of the shooting, the detective wrote.
Sweet told a Missouri State Highway Patrol corporal that he was home at the time of the shootings. But the corporal touched the hood of Sweet’s truck and noticed it was warm, and a search of Sweet’s home yielded 16-guage shotgun shells of the same type found at the campground, according to the probable cause statement.
The detective also wrote that a telephone number associated with Sweet pinged cell towers in Lake Ozark at the time of the shooting, although Sweet no longer lives in that area. A man matching Sweet’s appearance also was seen on campground surveillance video, according to the probable cause statement.
A phone message left on the campground’s voicemail wasn’t immediately returned. Its website shows pictures of people relaxing and fishing with the slogan “Where Friendly People Meet!”