DPS, Cape Police Investigating Incident Involving Shots Fired Near Campus

DPSCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 10, 2014 – The Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Southeast Missouri State University and the Cape Girardeau Police Department are investigating a shots fired incident that occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

Shots were reportedly fired on a city street in front of one of Southeast’s residence halls. No one was injured.

The situation is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department of Public Safety and the Cape Girardeau Police Department. In connection with the incident, DPS officials say they have identified some persons of interest who are not Southeast students.

DPS will step up its presence with extra patrols and officers tonight and tomorrow to insure the safety of students on campus, according to Doug Richards, director of the Department of Public Safety.

In addition, all Southeast’s residence halls will be closed to non-student overnight visitors who are not immediate family members of student residents after 6 p.m. tonight, May 10. This is being done in support of student safety and in preparation for final exam week which begins on Monday, May 12. This initiative will remain in effect through final exam week which ends May 16, said Dr. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for student success and director of Residence Life.