Randy Gairson

Randy Gairson

A Nixa man is accused of a felony weapons charge that carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison with a conviction.

Randy Joe Garison, 53, is accused of unlawful use of a weapon after Springfield police say he fired at least five rounds from a handgun into a northwest Springfield business on June 23. The shooting is allegedly the result of a dispute between Gairson and a business owner that has spanned more than 20 years.

According to court documents, surveillance video from a business located on North West Bypass shows a man open the driver’s side door of a vehicle, take aim and fire five shots at a building at approximately 11:16 p.m. June 23. The driver then closes the door and drives away on West Division Street.

Police say the business owner told them he knew “immediately” that he recognized Gairson as the shooter because he has known him for more than 20 years.

The damage to the business allegedly exceeds $3,000, and includes five broken windows plus damage to walls and a door.

According to court documents, the business owner provided multiple messages from Gairson in which Gairson allegedly threatens the business owner. The owner also had an order of protection on file against Gairson, and Gairson is accused of the class A misdemeanor of violating a protection order in relation to the shooting.

Garison was found and arrested by Republic police June 29. Gairson reportedly lives in a home off of State Route CC north of Fremont Hills.

Gairson is in jail in Greene County awaiting a bond reduction hearing on July 10.

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