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Officers look for answers in shooting

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

SIKESTON -- Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are still looking for the answers to a Monday night double shooting, where neither witnesses or victims can provide much information.

DPS Director Drew Juden said a gunfight erupted on the corner of Branum and William Streets Monday at about 6 p.m. Officers responding to the reported disturbance in the area heard approximately 10 shots ring out. Upon their arrival at the intersection, officers found several persons who stated that a disturbance had occurred, however, all witnesses contacted were extremely vague about what had happened and who was involved.

Juden expressed concern over the lack of citizen involvement.

"Two people were shot here and there are numerous witnesses who could assist in the investigation and help us put the responsible parties in jail," Juden said. "We have a good idea of what went on and we are continuing the investigation and arrests are likely, based on the information that we have so far."

Shortly after the disturbance, officers were advised that a subject at 514 Clayton Street had a gunshot wound to the leg.

The victim, Michael Robinson of 514 Clayton, was also vague in describing what happened.

Robinson told officers he was walking in the area and heard shots, but didn't see anyone firing a gun and was not sure where the shots came from. He was taken by ambulance to the Missouri Delta Medical Center where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his left upper thigh and kept overnight for observation.

Around 7 p.m., personnel from St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau contacted Sikeston DPS and reported receiving a gunshot victim from Sikeston. The second victim also had a gunshot wound to the leg. During an interview with this victim, it was apparent that he was part of the incident at William and Branum, however, he reported the shooting that led to his injury occurred at a different location. The victim also told hospital personnel his name was Robert Kelly, which was false information.

When the detective stepped out of the hospital room to check some information, the man claiming to be Kelly received his release orders by hospital personnel and left without giving any additional information to police. This person is currently being sought for questioning concerning both the shooting and for giving false information to the hospital. He is described as a 5 foot - 5 inch black male weighing 160 pounds and is approximately 30 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sikeston DPS at 471-1500. "The big thing we are looking for here is for someone who wasn't involved to tell us the truth," Juden said.