S.N.A.P ask the community to speak up against gun violence

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A nice Saturday afternoon took a turn for the worst as the Cape Girardeau police department responded to a shots-fired call with the victim being a juvenile.  

C.E.O of Stop Needless Acts of violence Please (S.N.A.P) Felice Patton, experienced firsthand this situation when her son was shot and murdered. 

“That changed my whole world and I began to be angry about the situation because unbelievable people weren’t talking,” said Patton.  

Patton has made it her mission to bring gun violence awareness to the community.  

During this time the Cape Girardeau police department has also taken steps to increase safety by adding the shot spotter system in April of this year, which has led to 9 arrests and 7 recovered guns.  

The addition has led to a decrease in crime throughout the city. 

But the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s shooting is still ongoing with no arrest despite there being witnesses in the area. 

That’s what Patton wants to bring attention to.  

“We have to unite together to stop all this crime in Cape,” said Patton. 

In addition to the improvements the police department is making to increase safety, Patton wants parents and community members to know that change starts with them.  

“We have to quit pointing fingers and step up,” said Patton. 

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