Banquet hall where 5 were shot was scene of past problems
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri banquet hall where five people were injured in a shooting had been the scene of past problems.
The Southeast Missourian reports that the Cape Girardeau city manager denied a liquor license last year for the address where shots erupted around 1 a.m. Sunday. The business currently is called The River and formerly was known as River Valley Banquet Hall.
On appeal, the Cape Girardeau Liquor License Review Board upheld the city manager’s decision. But the city council failed to secure the four votes necessary to uphold the decision.
At issues were the past problems near the business. In July 2018, a fight behind the establishment required police deployment of pepper spray to disperse a hostile crowd. Then in April, three weapons were fired outside the location, leaving more than 40 shell casings and damaging eight vehicles.
The investigation into the most recent shooting is ongoing.
Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Joey Hann says one victim is in serious condition with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen. The other four victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries to the legs, arms or hips.
No suspect information has been released.