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Mother protects children as shots rip through house in Cape Girardeau

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

The Cape Girardeau Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened late Saturday night.

Sgt. Adam Glueck says officers responded to the area near Benton St. and Bloomfield Rd. around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday after two people had been shot. 

One person was shot twice with one shot in the torso area and the other in the hip. 

A second person was shot in the foot. 

Both were taken to local hospitals for their injuries. 

The house that was shot, belongs to Brittney Beeson, a woman who lives with her two sons and daughter. 

Beeson says she was inside with her sons when she heard shots fire right outside her door.

She says she panicked and covered her sons to protect them.

"I was on my computer in my living room and that's when I heard the first gun shot at my front door. And I jumped on top of the kids and then I heard a bunch more," said Beeson. 

Beeson later found out her home was hit three times from the shots fired into the walls of her sons' rooms.

She is glad her sons weren't in their rooms at the time of the shooting. 

Beeson also says shots ring out in her neighborhood too often.

"It's on this street, it's on this corner, it's on this block all the time," Beeson said. 

One neighbor says he was inside when he heard about a dozen shots fired.

He came outside to witness another violent shooting in his area. 

"Everybody on the block just scattered and a car left the scene real fast. But it's normal around here. It's every other night there's a shooting," said Ron Ervin of Cape Girardeau.

Ervin says shootings happen too often in his neighborhood.

"It didn't used to be like this. People used to fist fight, now they settle it with a gun," Ervin added. 

He lives on the corner of S. Benton and Bloomfield, just across the intersection from where the shooting took place.

Ervin feels that police would be able to solve more crimes and maybe minimize the violence in his neighborhood if people that saw the crimes would speak up.

"Some people around here see crimes here and they know what happen. They're scared to speak up. That age old saying, 'don't be a tattle-tale' is ridiculous," Ervin said. "When it ends up being your kid or one of your family members, it's a different story."

Ervin says his brother was shot and killed back in 2010.

He says his brother gave a ride to someone just down the street on Bloomfield Road.

Shortly after, Ervin's brother was found dead after being shot on Fountain Street. 

Ervin says it has been a lot worse lately the past few years than in years past. 

He says he doesn't know what anyone can do to curb the violence here.

"You call police and they're here in a heartbeat," Ervin said. "But it's always too late. They're already gone, they scatter. So I don't have any answers. I don't know what to do."

At this time, police do not have anyone in custody. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call police.

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