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Mt. Vernon Man Arrested on Weapons Charges During Investigation of Shooting in Salem

January 16, 2017

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested an 18-year-old Mt. Vernon man who was found in possession of a loaded weapon.

Roderick Oats of South 15th Street was among those in two vehicles stopped in the Denny’s parking lot after leaving a Friday night party in Salem where two people were shot. Deputies say for officer safety the five people in the two vehicles were patted down.

Oats admitted having the .38 special when asked if he had anything that could harm the officer. The deputy then found the gun in Oats pants pocket loaded with four bullets and the hammer of the weapon cocked.

He was initially arrested for unlawful use of a weapon. However, as the investigation continued it was determined the gun had been stolen in Hanover, Massachusetts in 1982. As a result, a charge of possession of a stolen firearm was added.

The other four people in the two vehicles were released without any charges being filed after being questioned about what they knew about the party.

The vehicles had initially been stopped by State Police, with sheriff’s deputies, Odin and Kinmundy Police arriving for backup.

Salem Police say it is unclear how many people had been at the birthday party at the home on Markland Street when the gunshots were fired. They report many scattered immediately after the gunfire, while others scrambled to get away as police arrived. Those at the party included young adults as well as high school students.

The investigation into the shooting is continuing. 18-year-old Tyler Caswell of Salem remains in custody after being arrested by Salem Police for attempted murder.

The two who were hit by gunfire, 21-year-old Jacob Joyner of East Bennett in Salem and 20-year-old Jacob Hayes of East Lester in Salem, are being treated at a St. Louis hospital for their injuries.

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