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DPS hunting for man who shot two

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

SIKESTON -- Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are searching for man in connection with a Saturday shooting.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, gunfire erupted around the old Lincoln School at the corner of Westgate and West North Street. Two men who had attended a party at the Lincoln School were shot and taken to the Missouri Delta Medical Center.

Christopher Shannon, 17, of Sikeston received a wound to his right arm while Kenneth Combs of Sikeston received a wound to his right leg. The men each received treatment for their injuries and were released later Saturday morning.

Witnesses to the incident identified the shooter as James "Booty" Pratt, who is currently being sought in connection to the incident. Based off statements from witnesses, Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd issued warrants for the arrest of Pratt for two counts of first degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action with a bond set at $250,000.

"'Booty' has just jumped up our most wanted list because these type of incidents are not going to be tolerated in the city," said DPS Director Drew Juden.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Pratt are asked to contact DPS at 471-6200 or Crimestoppers at 471-1500.

A reward is being offered for his arrest and all calls can be kept confidential.