Kirksville Man Charged with Murder In Tuesday Night Shooting

A Kirksville man is charged with murder following a shooting late Tuesday night.

Kirksville police say 31-year-old Joshua David Atkins fired his gun mulitple times at a friend at a residence in the 800 block of East Jefferson Street. According to court documents, Atkins called 911 at around 9:35PM and told the dispatcher that he shot the victim 10 times. Kirksville Police, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Atkins told police that the victim had fired a gun at him earlier in the day following a dispute. Then later, when the victim was reloading his gun, Atkins said he retrieved a gun and fired at the victim. Witnesses corroborate that Atkins was fired at earlier in the day.

Kirksville police continue to investigate and ask that anyone with any information related to this case, contact the Police Department at 660.785.6945.