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Alan Duane Lovelace Jr.
GRAIN VALLEY, MO (KCTV) -
Authorities are on the hunt for an estranged boyfriend they say shot a woman in the head as she was leaving work Tuesday.
Grain Valley police said 37-year-old Alan Duane Lovelace Jr., who also goes by A.J., should be considered armed and dangerous and they are working with other agencies to try and track him down.
A neighbor who knew him well said Lovelace was over at her house Tuesday morning and everything seemed normal.
"I'm in total disbelief. I would have never thought anything like that would have occurred," Jackie said.
Jackie, who didn't want her last name used, said she was stunned when she heard that her next door neighbor is now wanted by police. He's accused of shooting his estranged girlfriend in the face Tuesday evening in the parking lot of OOIDA, a trucking organization at R. D. Mize and Kirby roads in Grain Valley, MO, after an argument.
Hours earlier Jackie said Lovelace was at his house in Blue Springs, MO, cutting his grass and lending a helping hand to her and another elderly neighbor on the block.
"When he was doing our yards he was laughing and talking. We tried to pay him, but he said, ‘You ladies need help.' He apparently got suspended from work and he said, ‘I got time and I will help you all,'" she said.
Jackie has known Lovelace for three years and said she helped babysit his children.
"He would see the kids, read books and he played ball out in the yard with them. I can't imagine. Something really bad must have happened to push him over the edge like that," she said.
The victim, 33-year-old Amie Wieland, remains in the hospital. Jackie said she'd never seen any signs of domestic violence.
"She was a very sweet lady too. Both were lovely neighbors to have," Jackie said.
Jackie said Wieland moved out of the house six months ago with her daughter she had with Lovelace. He stayed in the Blue Springs home with his son he shared with another woman.
Jackie said she hopes, for the sake of his children, Lovelace will do the right thing and go to police.
"It's unbelievable to me, but I know it has occurred and I don't know why. If he's watching, I would say, ‘Alan, come in and don't make it any worse. Work this out because you've got those babies' and he truly loved those babies. His little girl and boy were his whole life," she said.
The OOIDA trucking organization where Wieland worked issued a statement saying she is in stable condition, they are hopeful for the best possible outcome and will stay in touch with her family for updates.
Court documents said the couple had been in court and a judge ordered Lovelace to pay child support.
In the meantime, police said Lovelace took the victim's 2002 silver Chevrolet minivan with Missouri license MG4LOB. Lovelace is described as being 5'10" with brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on the back of his right forearm. Authorities think he still has his gun and is extremely dangerous.
The Grain Valley police chief said having the public's help in tracking him down could make all the difference.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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