A father of four has died following an early-morning shooting in Hannibal Thursday — the third homicide investigation in two months in a community that normally sees one or none per year.

A father of four has died following an early-morning shooting in Hannibal Thursday — the third homicide investigation in two months in a community that normally sees one or none per year.

Ron Goodrich, 35, died after being shot 100 feet from his father’s home as he walked home from work, according to Christina Chestnutt, the victim’s sister.

Hannibal police would not confirm the identity of the victim nor if they had a suspect in custody.

The shooting occurred around 12:20 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 in the 2300 block of Broadway.

A gunman shot Goodrich in the parking lot of Prime Time Auto Sales, where responding officers found him injured.

People living in the area recalled hearing multiple gunshots.

Goodrich was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Marion County Ambulance, where he later succumbed to his injuries around 1:30 a.m.

Chestnutt described Goodrich as a “diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved spending time with friends and family.”

Besides his four children, Goodrich is survived by his father and five siblings.

Chestnutt remembers her brother as someone who “would do anything for anyone and never expect anything in return.”

She said her brother was loyal and wants people to remember as they saw him, not as a shooting victim.

“If you were mad about something he would be mad with you,” she said. “If you cried, he would stay with you until he made the tears stop.”

Chestnutt says the family is still in disbelief, especially her father, who was in close proximity to the shooting.

“Now everyday until my dad moves, he is going to have to walk out his front door and see what remains of his son,” she said.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Hannibal Police Department.

Even though a shooter hasn’t been publicly identified yet, Chestnutt said she is ready to forgive him/her.

“Even though I am disgusted and mad at whoever did this, I forgive them. I have to. Many people might disagree with my choice but then again it’s a choice that I want to make,” she said.

The HPD has investigated three homicides since August.

Police found the body of Jennie Jo Blankenship, 26, in August.

Travis Lane has been charged with beating her to death.

HPD is also investigating the death of Carl Maxwell, 84. His body was found in a home on Broadway Tuesday, Oct. 6.

A person of interest has been identified in that case.

Reach editor Eric Dundon at eric.dundon@courierpost.com .