Cape Girardeau, Missouri

From Kennett’s the Daily Dunklin Democrat of May 8, 2007

Man who shot another released

A man who admitted to shooting another man in the stomach early Sunday morning in Cape Girardeau was released while prosecutors decide whether to file charges or declare the shooting self-defense, a Cape Girardeau police spokesman said.

Police called to the 3000 block of Themis Street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday found a 27-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the belly, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Cpl. Jason Selzer said Monday. While officers were questioning witnesses, the shooter stepped forward and admitted his involvement, Selzer said.

The shooter, a 31-year-old Cape Girardeau resident, saw a fight in the street outside his apartment building, grabbed his gun and went outside to break it up, Selzer said.

“Before he gets down there, at some point the guy who got shot gets away from the fight and gets a screwdriver and starts threatening people with it,” Selzer said. “The shooter and the victim exchanged words, with the shooter telling him, “Get out of here, it is over” and the victim with the screwdriver attempting to stab him.”

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