Shooting victim shows up at market, later found dead after wreck - WSMV Channel 4

Shooting victim shows up at market, later found dead after wreck

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Authorities are looking for leads in a bizarre death in Springfield on Thursday.

Police said Brian Castelow, 32, approached a man at a corner market on Fifth Avenue West and Kinney's Road at 11:30 a.m.

Castelow asked for a light for his cigarette and said he had been shot.

The witness asked Castelow if he was going to the hospital and Castelow then got back into his white Dodge truck and drove away.

A few minutes later, a traffic crash was reported between a vehicle and tractor-trailer on Kinney's Road.

When a deputy arrived, Castelow was found dead and appeared to have a possible bullet wound to the back of his head.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic crash while the Springfield Police Department investigates the aggravated assault of the gunshot victim.

"There appears to be damage to the car that would be consistent with gun shots that were fired," said Springfield police chief David Thompson.

The victim was known to be in the area of 20th Avenue and Blair Street before he went to the Korner Market, and neighbors said they heard gunshots late Thursday morning.

Police said they have located a possible crime scene in the area and are working leads in the case.

"Right now, we have a lot more questions than we have answers," said Thompson. "We don't know whether he died as a result of a gunshot wound, if he died as a result of a head-on collision or if there's some combination."

Thompson says he expects an autopsy will answer the question of what killed Castelow, but they are asking the public's help for information.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime stoppers at 615-382-3799.

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