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3 shot in Ruth Street area within 48 hours

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating two separate shootings in the Ruth Street area which injured three subjects.

"Although this is the second shooting in this area in the last few days, at this time we have no reason to believe the two are related," a Tuesday news release stated.

Around 2:20 a.m. today, DPS received a call reporting gunshots fired in the 800 block of Ruth Street. Officers quickly responded to the scene, where they learned two subjects had been taken by personal vehicles to Missouri Delta Medical Center to be treated for gunshot wounds.

The victims, identified as Frederick Cotton, 18, and Stacy Townsend, 34, were reportedly near 824 Ruth at the time of the shooting. The unknown offender

(s) apparently shot in their direction, striking both men.

Cotton and Townsend suffered minor injuries and were later released. The Sikeston Criminal Unit also responded to investigate the matter.

A separate incident occurred in the area early Sunday morning. According to a Monday news release, DPS received a 911 call around 3:40 a.m. Sunday from Stephen McGhee, 42, who said he had been shot.

McGhee said he was walking near an apartment complex in the 800 block of Ruth Street, when an unknown subject shot him. After he was shot, McGhee ran to the 800 Õblock of Agnes and called the police.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found that McGhee had a single gunshot wound to his buttock which exited through his lower abdomen. South Scott County Ambulance Service responded and gave aid to McGhee. Also responding was Sikeston's Criminal Investigation Unit. Detectives conducted interviews and began searching the area for evidence; and the Sikeston Fire Division responded with their mobile light units to assist with the crime scene investigation.

DPS officials stated they have no knowledge at this time of the reasoning behind either shooting, and no arrests had been made as of press time. The cases remain under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or any other crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 471-1500 or DPS at 471-6200. All tips can remain anonymous. Callers with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender(s) can be eligible for a cash reward.