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Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 2:40 pm, Thu May 10, 2012.

A former Missouri State student has been charged with murder following a shooting Saturday near the Missouri State campus. He remains at large.

Joshua K. Brown, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Javon Carter, 20, with armed criminal action.

According to a report Wednesday by Cpl. by Matt Brown, spokesmen for Springfield Police Department, there is no new information on Brown's whereabouts and police are still actively searching for him.

Brown attended Missouri State until March 2011 when he withdrew, according to Earle Doman, vice president of student affairs for MSU.

There are no behavioral records on file for Brown, Doman said.

The Springfield Police Department responded to a call of shots being fired at 1134 S. Maryland Ave., about a block south of the MSU parking lots on Grand Street, at noon on Saturday, May 5, according to an SPD news release.

“Upon arrival, officers found 20-year-old Javon L. Carter, from Springfield, in the front yard suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound,” the release said. “He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.”

Another individual was also treated for minor injuries from a gunshot wound, according to the release.

Missouri State issued a crime alert to the campus community at approximately 7:30 p.m. on May 5 urging anyone with information about Brown to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810, or 911 for immediate assistance.

At the time the crime alert was released, the university said there was “not any known connection to the university,” but that the identity of the suspect was unknown at that time.

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