Police identify Bridgeport graduate as victim of Missouri shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Bridgeport High School graduate was shot and killed outside a Walmart in Springfield, Mo. last week.

Police say they were called to the store shortly after noon on Wednesday to find Tanner Stichka, 33, of Springfield, with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene. 

The suspect, Robert D. Weiser, 45, of Bentonville, Ark., was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. According to Springfield police, Weiser was delivering pharmaceuticals to the pharmacy at the time of the arrest, but was released on Thursday after prosecutors declined to charge him.

Stichka's dog, Zeke, was found in his car in the store parking lot 90 minutes later and taken to a local vet. 

Officer Victoria Myers cared for Zeke at the vet's office until he was admitted. A good samaritan donated $100 for his care.

Zeke was returned to the Stichka family.

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