Investigators: Man shot, killed 15-year-old girl and injured another as retaliation

Family, community react to deadly Cape Girardeau shooting

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Major Case Squad remains active after a deadly shooting on Jefferson Ave. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri late Saturday night, August 24.

A 15-year-old girl was killed and 20-year-old man was injured in the shooting, according to officials.

Major Case Squad officials identified Isaiah M. Lane, 29, from St Louis, as the primary suspect in the homicide and shooting.

Cape Girardeau officers took Lane into custody during a traffic stop on South Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau a few hours after the shooting.

Lane is being held on an active warrant for murder first-degree, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a home and felon in possession of a firearm. Isaiah Lane’s bond was set at $1,000,000 cash only.

He appeared in court on Monday afternoon, August 26. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 29.

Lane is being held on an active warrant for murder first-degree and other charges (source: Cape Girardeau Police Department)
Lane is being held on an active warrant for murder first-degree and other charges (source: Cape Girardeau Police Department) (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department)

Officers arrived around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night at the 900 block of Jefferson Ave. and found two people had been shot.

The 15-year-old female died as a result of her wounds. According to court documents, she was shot in the neck.

Her 20-year-old brother had a gunshot wound to his leg.

According to his father, who spoke to Heartland News off-camera, the bullet went through an artery in his son’s left leg. The father said he is making progress, but there is still a chance his son could lose his injured leg.

Court documents stated earlier in the day a woman who knew Lane was assaulted in a fight on Jefferson Ave. After the fight, the woman told investigators she told Lane about what happened and he asked if she was still in pain. She said she told him her head still hurt and “this seemed to enrage Lane.”

According to court documents, just before the shooting, the woman said she was in the same vehicle as Lane and that he drove by the victim’s home and mentioned several people standing on the porch.

Investigators say the woman told them that a short time later, Lane held up a large black handgun and started chanting “I am getting my lick back.” She told them she believed Lane was planning on returning to Jefferson to seek revenge.

The woman said she was dropped off at a home near Jefferson Ave. because she didn’t want to be a part of “retaliation against the victims.” She told investigators that about 15 minutes after being dropped off, she heard gunshots coming from the area of the 900 block of Jefferson.

According to court documents, Lane returned to where the woman was, told her “One of them a**** had to get hit,” and she got into the vehicle with him. They went to another Cape Girardeau home where Lane allegedly showered and changed clothes.

The woman told investigators she saw Lane dispose of two guns. Investigators say they found two guns in the area the woman described.

Cape Girardeau police chief responds to deadly weekend shooting

“As a police chief and as a father it pains me to see our children becoming victims of violence. And it pains me to see people not wanting to corporate with us when our children are victims of violence, and it needs to stop," said Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair.

He said this is the fourth homicide in 2019.

“We, over the last summer months, we’ve seen a little bit of an uptick in some of our violent crimes with the assaults and things of those natures. But overall I don’t think that Cape is becoming more violent,” said Chief Blair.

But people who live near where the shooting happened said they are shocked and fearful.

“If you aren’t scared you should be," said Gary Barlow. “We’re concerned. And we wonder if because we’re on the south side if nobody cares.”

“There are several officers that are in that neighborhood at all times. We still have the same response rate to calls for service in the southern part of town that we’ve always had," said Chief Wes Blair.

According to Chief Blair, officers are assigned to certain geographic areas in Cape Girardeau, they are not dispatched from the police department.

Felice Patton with Stop Needless Acts of Violence Please said the deadly shooting is “heartbreaking.”

Patton believes the two young people involved were caught in the middle of violence sparked by the actions of adults.

“That 15-year-old-child, that was somebody’s friend. She was somebody’s schoolmate," Patton said. "She was loved by her family. She is going to missed. The other children are going to be affected by it, so when they go to school they need counseling.”

Staff with Cape Girardeau Public Schools say grief counselors will be available for students and staff the entire week.

Patton is encouraging the community to get involved so they can help police and the family find out what happened.

“Until they get the justice, there is no closure for the family," Patton said. "There is a big hole in their heart for their child that somebody could kill them and get away with murder. So for the closure for the sake of the family. If it were your child would you not want justice?”

The public is still encouraged to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department with any information they may have on this matter at 573-335-6621 (Business Line) 573-339-6313 (Anonymous Tip Line) Text “CAPEPD” to 847411.

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