Multiple shooters fire at parked vehicles in Sikeston Thursday night

Friday, March 9, 2018

SIKESTON — Police are investigating an incident where as many as 40 gunshots were fired and damaged parked vehicles late Thursday in Sikeston.

At 8:09 p.m. Thursday, officers with Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to the convenience store Quick Chek II, located near the corner of Kingshighway and Center streets in reference to multiple reports of gunfire, according to Sgt. Jon Broom, public information officer for DPS.

“Upon Officers arrival, it was determined no one was injured due to the gunfire; however, three vehicles parked near the business had been extensively damaged and two of those vehicles were occupied when they were hit by the gunfire,” Broom said.

The first car had been struck by no less than three bullets. The second vehicle was hit more than 10 times, and the third vehicle was struck about four times, Broom said.

“All of the cars had multiple bullets go through the windows and travel in and through the passenger compartments,” Broom said.

Witnesses said a white, four-door car believed to be a Chevrolet Impala stopped, and four black males wearing dark clothing and ski masks jumped out and began firing in the direction of the vehicles parked near the business.

Detectives processed the scene and located approximately 40 spent shell casings located in the street and alley to the southwest of the business.

Investigators believe this shooting is connected to other shootings that have occurred within the Sikeston-Charleston-Cape Girardeau communities within the last few weeks, Broom said.

“The safety of the citizens of Sikeston is my utmost concern, and acts of violence in this city will not be tolerated,” said DPS Director Mike Williams. “Sikeston DPS’ criminal investigation unit and I are working with surrounding law enforcement agencies as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol to find the persons responsible.”

The suspects remain at-large, and if anyone has information regarding these incidents should contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711 or their local law enforcement agency.

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