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Person of interest in custody in Cape Girardeau homicide investigation

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(Source: Nick Chabarria/KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria/KFVS)

Officials investigating a homicide in Cape Girardeau on October 6 have a person of interest in custody on unrelated charges.

Howard Harris Smith, Jr., 42, of Cape Girardeau was found dead at a home on Ranney Ave. on Tuesday night.

Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair says officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home in the 900 block of Ranney Ave. about 9:43 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a man dead at the scene with bullet wounds. 

Chief Blair said they have not recovered a weapon.

The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger Co. Major Case Squad was activated, but police disbanded it on October 10, as per the 72-hour standard activation period.

Police are still offering a $5,000 reward for information in a homicide investigation in Cape Girardeau.

The $5,000 reward is offered through the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office for information leading to an arrested and conviction in this death. Anyone with information can contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 573-335-6621 or the anonymous line at 573-339-6313.

Neighbors say they are scared there is a person still on the loose. One neighbor who lives down the street knew Smith for more than 20 years. She says she is devastated.

Many neighbors say they heard a gunshot. One person thought it was a firework, but soon realized that someone was shot when police swarmed the area.

Another neighbor, Anita Moore, says she just moved into the area. While she feels this area is relatively quiet, she has heard gunshots more than once in the last several weeks. 

"About four houses away and considering I got grand babies and I want to be able to have my grand babies to be outside," Moore said. "I used to go to school right there back when I was in kindergarten. I went to school right there and you can't even let your kids be outside."

Moore says violence has progressed over the years and feels like more people turn to guns rather than getting in fist fights. 

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