2 injured; homes, vehicles damaged in multiple Cape Girardeau shootings

Five shooting investigations ongoing in Cape Girardeau.
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 10:44 AM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 6:22 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau Police are investigating several shootings reported over the weekend.

In all, at least two people, two homes and five vehicles were hit by gunfire in slightly more than 24 hours.

“There’s tons of kids in this area and it worries me all the time.”

The shootings have residents like Michael McConnell fed up and concerned.

“It’s pretty scary not much happens down here at this end of the street,” he said. “Everything pretty much stays up the hill on Whitener, but it’s still scary that stuff can travel down here at any time makes me scared even just to bring my dog out to go to the bathroom.”

Patrolman Bobby Newtown with the Cape Girardeau Police Department said it’s unusual for shootings to happen in such a short period of time.

“To have five different shootings in one weekend, that’s not common at all really,” he said. “Unfortunately, we do have a lot of shots fired calls and mainly on the weekend time, but to have shootings where something or someone’s been hit is not very common.”

Newton said the safety in the community is top priority.

“We definitely note that and try to heighten the awareness in those communities and in that area with more patrol officers and just make our presence known,” he added.

Michael McConnell said the biggest thing he wants to see more of is visibility from law enforcement in the area.

“It would be nice if we could get some federal funds allocated for extra police presence, especially get extra patrols to this area,” he said. “It’s pretty sad this area is only a half-mile from the police station and it’s still going on.”

Officers were first called at 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 to the 1700 block of North Sprigg Street to a report of shots fired. Police said multiple people could be seen leaving the area as officers arrived. No injuries or damages have been reported.

Nearly the same time on Saturday, officers were called to another report shots fired on the 1100 block of Linden Street. No injuries were reported, but police said a window of a home was broken and there appeared to be bullet holes on the outside of another home.

A third report of shots fired came into police at 2 a.m. on Saturday from the 1000 block of South Ellis. When officers arrived, police said they found two unoccupied vehicles hit by gunfire. No injuries were reported on scene.

Investigators say they collected multiple pieces of evidence from each of the three scenes.

After about 20 hours, at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, officers were called to a Cape Girardeau hospital about a victim with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers said they were unable to learn the location of where the victim shot. They said the victim was uncooperative and would not give them any information.

Officers then responded to a report of shots fired and a gunshot victim on the 2800 block of Whitener Street. This call came into police around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. When officers arrived, police said the victim has already been taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said the victim’s vehicle and two other vehicles were hit by gunfire.

Cape Girardeau police said no arrests have been made, but their investigations into each shooting case is ongoing.