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Senseless Shootings Must End

Community Must Step Forward to Help Authorities

Packed House at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex in Charleston for the Sikeston game. KpPhoto (c) 2015
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Tragedy strikes again in C’town.

First one this year. Sad stuff, man. But, it appears the suspect was Id’d. Good to note the community will not stand for this any longer in the 21st Century.

Senseless Shootings Must End

Community Must Step Forward to Help Authorities

While it’s all well and good to be loyal and faithful to a fault, there comes a time when that is overridden by the much more important caveat of saving Lives.

Charleston has been fortunate in 2015  ~ so far ~ there have been no deaths due to the seemingly endless shootings. That will not last.

In fact, in 2014, there was a death associated with gun violence in the small community in the northern end of Mississippi County.

Charleston is A Proud Place. One of #Merica’s most prestigious Spring Festivals is held each year in town. The Dogwood-Azalea Festival represents the best of Charleston in a historical manner.

The grizzly commonplace shootings on the West End of town embody the present culture we exist in today ~ the 21st Century.

It is sad. It is senseless.

Furthermore, what is it going to take to stop. It can be done.

Law Enforcement is doing all they can to protect Citizens. At this point, it’s incumbent upon the people of Charleston to help Department of Public Safety Officials identity those who would take someone’s Life.

It’s not A Game anymore when bullets are involved.

It’s Life or Death.

In 2015 ~ there have been ~ official confirmation and reports of ~ Six evenings in which multiple gunshots were fired and victims hit.

The Last coming over the weekend with two victims taken to hospitals ~ and no witnesses coming forth; the first documented shooting of this year occurred in early March involving three females from Sikeston.

This press release ~ Monday, Labor Day morning Sept. 6, 2015, from Robert Hearnes, CDPS Director, from the tense 4-day Labor Day weekend in Charleston. Celebrations and such are no picnic for Law Enforcement these days unless you’ve been sleeping under a Rock.d22827941276d7b860bfb3e920dfdfcc_f90

…”On 09/06/2015 at about 3:30am, officers were advised of shots fired in the area of Tenth and Helena Streets. Officers discovered two people who had been shot.  The victims, ages 17 and 23, both of Charleston, were transported to area medical facilities for treatment.  Neither victims injuries are life threating, and neither is cooperating with the investigation at this time.  At about 4:00am a report of a second shooting was received. The shooting was reported to be at the intersection of Gail and Walhausen Streets.  Responding officers found two vehicles that had been struck by stray gunfire. No victims have come forth from the second shooting, and no witnesses have been located.”

The Times have turned Deadly. And, it’s past time for the good folk in Charleston to put an end to the violence ~ the senseless, useless, dangerous and degrading ~ shootings that occur on an all too familiar basis.

Packed House at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex in Charleston for the Sikeston game. KpPhoto (c) 2015

Packed House at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex in Charleston for the Sikeston game. KpPhoto (c) 2015

REPORTED INCIDENTS 2015 ~ Source ~ Charleston DPS

March 11 ~ On March 11th, at about 2015, officers investigated a report of a gunshots and a disturbance near the intersection of Vine and Sy Williams (Elm Street). Responding officers learned that three females, two from Sikeston and one from Charleston, had been shot.  All victims were transported to an area medical facility with non-life threatening injuries.

While investigating the shooting scene at Vine and Sy Williams, another shooting that is believed to be in retaliation for the first shooting, took place near the intersection of Cleveland and Elm Streets. In the second shooting, a vehicle was shot several times when it slowed at an intersection.  The driver of the vehicle is not cooperating with the investigation.   Officers later were advised another vehicle had been shot in the 400 block of North Johnson Street.

At the present time, there are no suspects in custody. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call the DPS at (573) 683-3737.

March 14 ~ On March 14th at about 12:30am, an officer heard gun shots near his location. While investigating, a vehicle was observed leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Lee and Marshall Streets.  During a search of the vehicle, spend ammunition and drugs were found.  It is believed that a person was firing a handgun from the sun roof of the vehicle before it was stopped.  The driver of the vehicle, Demarcus Turner, 22 of Charleston was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of marijuana and driving while suspended. He is currently being held in the Mississippi County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

On March 14th at about 4:45pm, an officer was advised of suspicious activity of the parking lot Casey’s General Store on South Main Street.  An officer observed the suspect vehicle and made a vehicle stop near Tom Brown Street near Main. The suspect stopped, then rammed the patrol car and fled on foot.  The suspect was caught a short time later. Corian Greer, 25 of Sikeston was arrested and charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. He is currently being held in the Mississippi County Jail on $200,000 bond.

May 4 ~

On 05/04/2015, just before midnight, our agency received a call of gunshots near the intersection of Heggie and Lafayette Streets.  Responding officers found a 20 year old Charleston man that had been shot. The victim was transported to an area medical facility for treatment. His wounds are not life threatening.

At this time there are no suspects and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Charleston DPS at (573) 683-3737.

May 18 ~

On May 18th, 2015 at about 7:15pm, our agency responded to a report of shots fired near the area of Vine and Elm (Sy Williams) Streets. Responding officers found a male with a gunshot wound at the intersection of Vine and Elm. He was later airlifted to an area medical facility for treatment. While on scene, officers learned there was second gunshot victim in the 900 block of Grand Avenue.  This victim was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital before an officer could respond.  The two victims are identified as:

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The shooting is still under investigation. Officers are still trying to collect evidence and identify witnesses. Anyone with information concerning this shooting is asked to contact the Charleston DPS at (573) 683-3737.  The MO State Highway Patrol and the Sikeston DPS have provided assistance in the investigation.

June 9 ~ 

On June 9th at about 3:30pm, our agency received a 911 call of a person shot in the 400 block of Walhausen Street. Responding officers located **********

at 401 Walhausen Street. He had been shot several times.  He was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment and is in serious condition.  During the initial stage of the investigation, two suspects were identified. While searching for the suspects, it was believed the two may be hiding at 501 South Virginia Street. A search warrant was obtained. The suspects were not located at the residence, but officers did find approximately one pound of marijuana.

The Charleston DPS is being assisted by the MO State Highway Patrol and the SEMO Drug Task Force in the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Charleston DPS at (573) 683-3737.

Aug. 20 ~ On the evening of August 20th at about 9:00pm, our agency received a report of an armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store located at 308 East Marshall Street in Charleston. A black male wearing a wig and sunglasses entered the business, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and left on foot. No injuries were reported, and the suspect is not in custody. Anyone with information concerning this crime is urged to contact the Charleston DPS at (573) 683-3737.

Sept. 2 ~  On 09/06/2015 at about 3:30am, officers were advised of shots fired in the area of Tenth and Helena Streets. Officers discovered two people who had been shot.  The victims, ages 17 and 23, both of Charleston, were transported to area medical facilities for treatment.  Neither victims injuries are life threating, and neither is cooperating with the investigation at this time.  At about 4:00am a report of a second shooting was received. The shooting was reported to be at the intersection of Gail and Walhausen Streets.  Responding officers found two vehicles that had been struck by stray gunfire. No victims have come forth from the second shooting, and no witnesses have been located.

There are a couple trouble constants running through these events.

And, it’s not A Racial thing to point it out. They are facts.

These are African-American youth shooting each other and not telling who is doing the shooting. That defies Logic and makes no Good Common Sense.

Unless, of course, you have the answer.

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