Investigation continues into fatal shooting in Warrensburg

September 4, 2012

WARRENSBURG — Some 35 law enforcement officials have joined the investigation into the Saturday evening shooting death of Warrensburg nightclub owner William “Blaine” Whitworth. 

Members of the Missouri Rural Major Case Squad met for a briefing Tuesday morning, but offered few details into the shooting. According to reports, the Warrensburg Police Department responded to a “shots fired” 911 call in the 1000 block of Sunflower Street at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Whitworth, 25, was reportedly found dead at the scene. 

It is the first homicide in Warrensburg since 2009.

Bruce Howey, WPD police chief, told the Democrat Tuesday morning that investigators are “actively investigating” the shooting and are “looking at many different avenues” though he declined to discuss possible suspects or a motive for the crime.

“We are actively following numerous leads and remain open to finding the facts, and from the facts we will be able to determine who is responsible and bring that person to justice,” Howey said. “The Major Case Squad will work hard to come up with a successful conclusion to this case.”

Howey was able to confirm that Whitworth was found outside his residence, and that “multiple shots” were reportedly fired, though there was no indication how many times Whitworth was struck. 

According to his Facebook page, Whitworth was a University of Central Missouri student studying safety management. He was also the owner two nightclubs, Molly’s and Bodies, in downtown Warrensburg.

A Tuesday morning press release said the squad is made up of investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and police and sheriff’s agencies from Johnson, Pettis, Henry, Lafayette, Saline and Ray counties.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Division of Drug and Crime Control and their Violent Crime Support Unit is involved in this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Warrensburg Police Department at 660-747-9133.