June 24, 2024

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Two Separate Shootings at Missouri High School Graduations in Two Days

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Missouri (The Lake Tribune) – Two people were injured after gunfire erupted at a high school graduation in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Sunday, a day after a separate shooting near a Kansas City graduation ceremony.

Cape Girardeau Shooting

The shooting occurred around 2:33 p.m. local time at the Show Me Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus during a Cape Girardeau high school graduation, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. School resource officers present at the event detained a person of interest and rendered aid to the two victims, who were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Official Statements

Cape Girardeau Public Schools Superintendent Howard Benyon stated on Facebook that the graduation ceremony was halted and the building evacuated. Benyon confirmed that no students or staff members were injured. The graduation ceremony will be rescheduled, with the district prioritizing cooperation with the police investigation.

Kansas City Shooting

On Saturday, gunfire was reported around 3:35 p.m. near the DeLaSalle Education Center’s graduation ceremony in Kansas City. No injuries were reported, and police do not believe the shooting was related to the graduation. It remains unclear if any arrests have been made.

Official Statements

DeLaSalle High School issued a statement expressing their sorrow over the incident, confirming no physical harm to attendees and extending thoughts and prayers to the Kansas City community.

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