Police still looking for teenagers connected to Kearney murder

Kearney police Thursday were searching for Joshua Morris and Mariah Chamberlin in connection...
Kearney police Thursday were searching for Joshua Morris and Mariah Chamberlin in connection with a weekend murder.(Kearney Police Department)
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 3:57 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 4:46 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Kearney police Thursday were still looking for two teenagers they believe are connected to a weekend murder.

Joshua Morris, 18, and Mariah Chamberlin, 19, both from Kearney, are wanted for questioning in connection with the Sunday shooting death of Jared Shinpaugh last Sunday night.

The pair also face charges in connection with the incident. They were both charged this week with Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Marijuana While in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana more than a pound.

Shinpaugh, 31, Lexington, died of gunshot wounds suffered in the Sunday incident. A second victim, Joseph L. Garcia, 29, Lexington was treated and released at Good Samaritan Hospital for a gun shot wound.

Kearney Police were called to the scene of the murder just after 8:30 Sunday night. They said multiple witnesses heard several gunshots fired and saw one person possibly struck. Witnesses observed other subjects running away from the area and getting into a car, departing the area. Officers arrived and located evidence consistent with a shooting.

Police say the murder happened in the 800 block of West 23rd Street just southeast of the UNK campus. Court records list the addresses for both Morris and Chamberlin as 823 West 23rd Street.

Earlier this week, Kearney Police said they were investigating this incident as a Homicide, although neither Morris nor Chamberlin have been charged with murder.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Kearney Police Department (308) 237-2104, Buffalo County Crimestoppers (308) 237-3424, or through the See It Say It Send It App.

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