PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Police Department has released the name of the suspect in the weekend shooting of Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin, 37, of Chetopa.
The alleged shooter has been identified as Eric James Cravey, 34, of Pittsburg.
Cravey is described as a white male, approximately 5'7" tall, 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Cravey was last seen with a full beard and was wearing a blue button up shirt. Cravey was last seen driving a 2011 black Dodge Nitro 4-door SUV. Cravey should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public. An arrest warrant charging Cravey with Attempted Murder has been issued. The victim remains hospitalized at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City in critical condition.
McWhirt-Martin was transferred Sunday night from Via Christi Hospital to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City and has undergone additional surgery for her injuries. Her condition was reported as critical on Monday
On Saturday at approximately 4:15 p.m., PPD officer, along with Crawford County EMS and Pittsburg Fire Department were called to the area of Quincy and Rouse Streets in reference to a female who had been shot. Upon arrival, officers found McWhirt-Martin lying in a driveway of a vacant residence on the northwest corner of the intersection. She had suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. McWhirt-Martin was transported to Via Christi Medical Center where she was taken into surgery.
According to witnesses at the scene, McWhirt-Martin was a passenger in a vehicle driven by the suspect. She had exited the vehicle and was arguing with the Cravey, who had also exited the vehicle. Cravey then allegedly shot McWhirt-Martin with an unknown type of handgun, got back into the vehicle and left the scene eastbound on Quincy Street.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or on the tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.