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Drive-by shooting forces temporary closure of S. Bast

A drive-by shooting occurred Thursday afternoon on the 100 block of South Bast Street in Jackson.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. March 22, the Jackson Police Department received a report of shots fired at a residence located on South Bast Street.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the resident of the house, who was not injured. Officers located five bullet holes in the front of the residence. From the bullet holes and shell casings, it was determined that the weapon was a handgun, not a rifle.

Witnesses reported that a dark gray colored SUV, believed to be occupied by two black males, had sped away from the scene. The vehicle identification was later verified by a video from a local business.

During the investigation, nearby residents were asked to remain indoors and the street was closed to traffic.

The investigation led JPD to believe that this was an isolated incident — the suspects targeted a specific victim. Because this was not a random shooting, it was determined that  it  posed no further threat to the community.

On Friday, Jackson Police Department detectives conducted several interviews which led officers to a Cape Girardeau residence.

JPD officers, assisted by Cape Girardeau police officers, took two male juveniles into custody for the shooting incident.

During the search of the residence, a hand gun was located that is believed to be the weapon used in Thursday’s drive-by shooting in Jackson.

Jackson Police also recovered a gray Kia sport utility vehicle that is believed to be the suspect vehicle spotted by witnesses and caught on a business surveillance camera.

Both the vehicle and weapon were seized as evidence.

The two suspects remained in custody as of Friday afternoon on multiple charges related to this incident.

No motive for the shooting has been determined because the suspects had not spoken to Jackson Police as of Monday morning.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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