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Police investigate two separate shootings in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Could a pair of shootings in Cape Girardeau be related? Police say it's too early to tell, but they are looking into it.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday no one had been arrested in the two shootings that includes a search for a total of three suspects.

The first shooting happened Saturday on Bloomfield. A man was shot in the leg. In that case police are looking for one suspect.

Then Monday night, another man was shot in the leg near the Rhodes 101 on Sprigg Street close to the Bill Emerson Bridge. In that case a man was also shot in the leg.  Police are looking for two suspects in that case.

In both shootings, authorities say the victims are doing OK.

"We don't know if they are connected. It's too early to tell," said Sgt. Rick Schmidt. "The shootings Saturday and Monday are under investigation."

Meanwhile, people in the neighborhoods of south Cape Girardeau say they are tired of the random violence.

"All of the kids around here have guns," said one woman who did not want to be identified. "I don't know where they are getting them, but the police need to find out."

"This neighborhood has been tagged because of certain activities and the guns," said Shelly Moore. "But it's not a bad neighborhood."

"It's ridiculous," said Victoria Idom.

Some have raised the questions gangs could be involved.

"I don't think that's it," said Idom. "Just a lot of people angry at each other."

"I work the streets 12 hours a day," said Sgt. Schmidt. "I have not heard anything that this is some kind of gang initiation but we're looking into everything. We'll keep that open."

People in Cape Girardeau say regardless of what's behind the shootings, they want them to end. They worry next time their family could be in the way.

"My nieces hang out on these streets," said Idom. "It bothers me I'm used to hearing the gunfire. Every time I hear a shot I just wonder where my family it."

As for police they say they will work until they solve both shootings.

"We're going to catch up to you," said Sgt. Schmidt.

Investigators say did find a bullet at the scene near Sprigg Street this morning. They say it is potential evidence, but they will have to process it to be sure.  

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.  Remember, you can leave an anonymous tip.

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