Second night of shootings in Cape Girardeau

Second night of shootings in Cape Girardeau
By: CJ Cassidy & Heartland News Staff


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Could you imagine someone shooting into your home while you were inside?  Well it's happened again for the second night in a row in Cape Girardeau.

According to Cape police an apartment building in the 300 block of North Fountain was shot at around 1:30 Thursday morning. There are no reports of injuries and no word on any suspects at this time.
When police arrived they found several bullet casings in the street. Investigators say the casings came from at least three different guns. At least one of the casings were from a rifle.
On Tuesday night, shots were fired on the 1000 block of Good Hope Street and then Wednesday morning in the 3000 block of Mimosa Street.
Police say have a pretty good idea of who they're looking for in one case but want your help with the other.
Investigators say shootings are unusual this time of year, and point out two in the same day in a city the size of Cape, is rare.

Meanwhile, the victims are all very shaken up, one victim tells me she changed neighborhoods to get away from crime, and still became a target. "I heard something go pow pow pow. I could see light like lightning flash through my bedroom window," "Jamie" as she wants to be identified, was putting her four month old grandson to bed when someone fired at her home.

One of the bullets came right through her wall and another one went through the window and into the house. The bullet cut a path through the living room walls into the dining room, grazed the ceiling and went through the blinds.  Another bullet is still lodged in a wall.

Jamie's sister and friend were outside, and say all they could do was watch in shocked silence as four black men, shattered the stillness of their peaceful neighborhood. "We could all have been shot or hurt we could've died. Thank God we didn't," Jamie says.

She isn't the only one counting her blessings. Police say a witness spotted a white man firing at the home on Good Hope Street, hours before, on Tuesday evening.
"It may turn out to be they are linked. But right now, we are not sure," Cpl. Ike Hammonds with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says.

Victims in both shootings claim they have no idea why they were targeted, but they want the gunmen off the streets. "My 16-year-old is terrified, and says she doesn't want to go back outside. I hope they catch the people who done it," Jamie says.

Amazingly enough, no one was injured.

Police say they want to make clear they don't believe these were random shootings.  They believe the victims have some connection with the suspects in both instances.  If you have any information you think might help, please call the Cape Girardeau Police Department at (573) 335-6621.