UPDATE: November, 23, 2012
A 37-old man sought in connection with Tuesday's shooting of an OOIDA employee died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a chase with San Diego police.
Alan Duane Lovelace, 37, of Blue Springs, MO, was located in a beach community of San Diego after Grain Valley, MO, police successfully "pinged" a cell phone Lovelace had recently acquired.
San Diego police located Lovelace at approximately 2:30 a.m. PST. He was still driving the victim's van. Police attempted to stop and apprehend Lovelace. But he fled, leading police on a short, slow-speed chase, which ended on a dead end beach-front road.
Lovelace refused to get out of the van and killed himself with a small-caliber, handgun.
The victim, which police have not identified, remains in critical but stable condition.
ORIGINAL REPORT: November 20, 2012
Investigation continues into shooting of OOIDA employee
Police are continuing to search for a suspect in the Tuesday evening shooting of an OOIDA employee in the Association’s parking lot.
The employee was leaving work Tuesday, Nov. 20, at approximately 5:40 p.m. at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The employee was shot by a man who had approached her in the parking lot.
Surveillance footage provided by OOIDA to authorities shows the suspect fleeing the scene in the victim’s vehicle.
Photo courtesy of Grain Valley Police Department
Alan Duane Lovelace is wanted for questioning in the shooting of an OOIDA employee Tuesday night.
Police are searching for the victim’s estranged boyfriend, Alan Duane Lovelace, 36, of Blue Springs, MO, for questioning in the shooting, according to Grain Valley Police Chief Aaron Ambrose. They believe he may be driving the victim’s gold 2002 Chevy Venture van, license plate MG4 LOB.
Police advise that Lovelace should be considered armed and dangerous, and he should not be approached. He is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and green-blue eyes. He has a tattoo that reads “Lovelace” on one of his arms.
Ambrose asked that anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts call the Grain Valley Police Department at 816-847-6250.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim, but confirm she is in critical, but stable condition.
Several employees were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, as well as an OOIDA member visiting the Association. Their actions following the shooting were commended by both the Grain Valley Police Department and OOIDA President Jim Johnston.
Johnston sent a message to employees of the Association updating them on the situation and the condition of the employee, who was one of the newer OOIDA team members.
“I would like to pass along my sincere gratitude to everyone who was in the parking lot at the time of the shooting who assisted our fellow employee and law enforcement last night,” Johnston told employees Wednesday morning.
“They acted courageously by caring for her and immediately calling the authorities. They also astutely observed the shooter and his actions after the incident and did their best to help law enforcement with the ensuing investigation.”
He assured employees that OOIDA was actively pursuing all means of assisting police with the investigation and would keep everyone updated on her status.