Police Continue Investigation into Teen Shooting

Police Continue Investigation into Teen Shooting
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO - Police continue to investigate a shooting that claimed the life of a Cape Girardeau teenager. Autopsy results show 17-year-old Jacob Lee Bowers died Wednesday night from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Investigators do not have anyone in custody, but say they are talking to several people with possible ties to the case.

Police say they were called out to the area behind DuShells Furniture, off William Street, after gunshots were fired, and also to break up a fight.

Investigators don't have an exact motive for the shooting, but police want you to know this wasn't gang related in any way.

Still some folks say they're afraid the violence won't end here.

"I worry about retaliation. Friends of friends getting involved, other people getting shot other people getting hurt, because after all we are talking about young wild minds," Chris Pender says.

She calls Bowers her son's best friend.

"When you would see one you would see the other one," Pender says.

So when Pender heard about Bower's death she was not only shocked, she was terrified.

"I thought it could have been my son, these kids get into it over things, but to take someone's life, it's just not right. There's nothing so serious as to take someone's life," Pender says.

Cape Girardeau police agree. They activated the major case squad minutes after the deadly shooting, saying the first 48 hours are the most crucial in any investigation.

"Whenever we have a homicide and a suspect who's not in custody immediately, we contact them they are called out immediately. The abilities of the task force are greater to bring in extra personnel being able to investigate this murder quickly," Sgt. Barry Hovis with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says.

"I hope they get the person they send him away for a long time, like I said Jake had his ups and downs but he didn't deserve to die," Pender says.

Police don't recall problems in the area behind dushells which sits off of William Street, one of the busiest streets in Cape.

However, employees at the store say teens often hang out here to skateboard.

If you were in this area and saw anything suspicious, please call Cape Girardeau police.