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Bullet fired into Cape home daycare; no one hurt

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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A bullet hole is seen in the window of a home day care facility Friday, March 7, 2014 at 416 S. Benton St. in Cape Girardeau.
(Fred Lynch)
No one was hurt Friday afternoon when a stray bullet passed through the window of a home day care facility on South Benton Street.

About 1 p.m., police received a report of multiple shots in the area.

A bullet hole could be seen in a window on the north side of a home day care business at 416 S. Benton St.

An officer at the scene said the bullet struck a wall inside the house and became lodged in the drywall.

Police do not believe the house was the shooter's intended target, a police spokesman said.

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Cape Girardeau city and county police investigate the scene of multiple gunshots in the 400 block of South Benton Street on Thursday, March 7, 2014 in Cape Girardeau.
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"We don't believe that house or anybody inside was involved," said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

Hickey said vehicles fled from the area after multiple shots were fired.

Police stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue that had been seen in the area at the time of the shooting, and officers were trying to determine whether the occupants were suspects, victims or witnesses, Hickey said.

He said one occupant of the vehicle was taken into custody on unrelated warrants.

Officers received no reports of injuries, Hickey said.

Police went to a house across the street, where Hickey said they believed they might find one of the involved parties, and spoke with a visibly agitated woman.

"Ain't nobody in this house! Nobody!" she shouted.

The woman told officers she was on the phone when she heard gunfire -- one to two shots -- and left because she was scared.

Officers from the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department searched the area for casings and tried to determine the bullet's path into the house.

Scanner chatter initially indicated someone had been seen in the area with an AK-47, but Cpl. Jeff Bonham of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said police had been unable to verify that.

"We're not finding any evidence to the AK-47 at this point," he said.

Hickey said police were processing evidence and talking to potential witnesses.

"We're still speaking to possible witnesses in the area," he said.

Hickey said there was a possibility the shooter still could be in the area.

As a precaution, schools in the area were placed on lockdown for about half an hour Friday afternoon, Hickey said.

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Can we say St. Louis. This is not the city it use to be. Just glad no one was hurt.

-- Posted by mo55 on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 3:26 PM

We need more Police on the Street Not a New Building

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 3:27 PM

Nothing like St. Louis.

-- Posted by Beaker on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 4:03 PM

I'm glad that no one was hurt. My fear is that one day an innocent person or child will get hit or killed. This is also another example of why we need to get a better handle on the issue of guns. This is why we need to enforce the laws that are already on the books as well as pass an assualt weapons ban (even if the report of someone running with an AK-47 was true or not). That is a neighborhood where families are out their in there yards playing with their kids a lot, and it really be horrible if they or one of their kids was shot because of someone acting stupid. Whenever there is shooting like this many times it is the innocent who end up getting hurt. Most of the time more guns are not the answer. Sometimes having a gun will help you, but thier are lots of times where owning a gun doesn't save you. I am real glad that nobody was hurt in all of this.

-- Posted by E.A. on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 4:03 PM

Maybe somebody was doing target practice? Bullets can travel a long distance.

-- Posted by Beaker on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 4:03 PM

Beaker I agree that we are still aren't like St. Louis, but we are getting worse. My step family is from St. Louis and they have said it is starting to remind them of St. Louis.

-- Posted by E.A. on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 4:05 PM

More police on the street!!!! More police on the street!!!! A police officer in every classroom, every day care, every convenience store, every business. One on every street corner, two on corner of streets more than four lanes. A hundred thousand police officers in Cape Girardeau isn't going to to stop someone from firing a shot at a house.

-- Posted by ParkerDaws on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 5:13 PM

I happen to have witnessed this heard the argument and was on the phone with 911 before he pulled the rifle from under his jacket he was shooting at two people! I lived in St. Louis most of my life and it is worse here the thugs just stand in the street and fire away the police don't run them off from loitering in front of the B&H store they are scared and so are the decent residents who are afraid to talk to police the warmer it gets the more gunfire there will be, I have witnessed five shootings in a year in the exact same spot.

-- Posted by Bigbro on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 5:59 PM

Gun shots in that area, hard to believe. Note officer on his cell phone. Round them up, frisk them and keep them in jail. That whole end of town is a cesspool. Oh but wait don't forget they have rights. I don't blame the officers, you need to look higher up the ladder.

-- Posted by Bussy on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 6:38 PM

St. Louis? More like Pine Bluff. At least compare to something of similar size.

-- Posted by Pops90 on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 11:34 PM

Cape needs to do what Sikeston did a few months ago round these thugs up on the street and take them to jail lock them up. A lot of this bunch don't get up until noon every day and than they have to cause everybody problems majority of them don't work they hang around on the street and shoot guns at one another. The streets in Cape need to be cleaned up this is happening far to much almost once a week some times more than that per week. Apply the pressure to these thugs and hopefully they will pack up and move else where.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Mar 8, 2014, at 7:04 AM

You have it all wrong. I'm sure it was one of what Eric Holder and President Obama call a "non-violent drug offender". I'm sure he/she is just misunderstood. And I'm sure incarceration is not a solution for the little angel.........pathetic!

-- Posted by bbqman on Sat, Mar 8, 2014, at 8:00 AM

Without the full cooperation of the local witnesses the police can do little. It takes courage but you cannot let this pass without coming forward. Only you can clean up your neighborhood and I'm sure the police will do all they can to help.

-- Posted by yy4me on Sat, Mar 8, 2014, at 12:37 PM

Whats the use in having a gun if you can't shoot it

-- Posted by ElmerV on Sun, Mar 9, 2014, at 11:53 AM


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