CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Two people are in custody and another is wanted in connection to a shooting investigation at a Cape Girardeau banquet hall.
Marquelis J. Andrews, 23, of Charleston, Mo., was charged with one count of first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, six counts of second-degree assault and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. He is not in custody at this time.
Myron L. Andrews, 25, of Sikeston, Mo., was charged with one count of first-degree assault, five counts of armed criminal action, five counts of second-degree assault, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Police said on Monday, Feb. 10, Myron Andrews was in custody at the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. His initial arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning Feb. 13 in Jackson, Mo.
Jaquavion M. Anderson, 25, of Charleston, Mo., was charged with one count of first-degree assault, five counts of armed criminal action, four counts of second-degree assault, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Authorities said Jaquavion Anderson was also arrested on Monday in Matthews, Mo.
According to police, they responded to a report of shots fired on Sunday, Jan. 26 at a venue called The River Banquet Center in the 600 block of S. Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau.
Court documents state that based on surveillance video and witness statements, the three suspects fired guns in a crowded nightclub after a fight with another patron. The shooting resulted in a mass panic inside the business.
According to investigators, the business had security cameras inside and outside.
They said the video showed chaos break out in the club with patrons running away in all directions. Court documents state there were multiple “body piles” as people fell to the floor while trying to get away. On of these “body piles," according to the court documents, appeared to have tripped two of the shooters.
They’re seen on the video getting back to their feet and rushing toward one of the exits along with other patrons. Court documents state the surveillance video showed the two shooters trying to escape through the door, tripping again and falling with the crowd. Investigators say it is believed that one of those shooters dropped his gun as he fell.
According to the court documents, a Cape Girardeau police officer was stationed at the door, attempting to cover the fleeing crowd and get into the business. He saw the gun and immediately placed his foot on top of it and pushed it behind the open door and out of reach.
They said two of the shooters were then seen fleeing the scene in the same direction and off camera.
Officers said there were five victims with gunshot wounds. One was found on the floor of the business. He had been shot multiple times. Four others were found inside or just outside of the business.
Police said all of the victims were inside the business when the shooting happened.
Officers administered aid until the victims were taken to an area hospital.
According to investigators, Jaquavion Anderson is a previously convicted felon and currently has charges pending in another jurisdiction for felon in possession of a weapon.
Myron Andrews has multiple prior felony convictions and is currently on parole.
Marquelis Andrews also has multiple prior felony convictions and is also currently on parole.