A local community is under curfew after two shooting deaths
A local community is under curfew following two shooting deaths in the last two weeks. Investigators are looking into the incidents that all happened on the West side of town near Mark Twain park in Charleston, Missouri.
Forty-four year old Anthony Fisher is the latest victim. He was shot April 18th in broad daylight. Two other incidents of gunfire followed his death, one later that night, and the other the following morning.
Three people are now in custody for two of the shootings. Twenty-eight year old Travis Graham was arrested for property damage and resisting arrest. Twenty-seven year old Christopher Hicks-Berry was also arrested for resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and numerous traffic charges.
Investigators arrested 28-year-old Richard Jenkins for assault, felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. However, there is still no arrest in connection to Fisher’s death. Neighbors like Robin Jones said even with a curfew she does not feel safe.
“There have been a lot of shootings in the daytime, night time. They are killing people like it’s legal,” said Jones.
Jones said she only comes to this area to see family, but now she said it feels like she is living on edge.
“When I come here I try to leave before nighttime falls, but it really doesn’t matter because it’s the day time now too,” said Jones.
City Manager Richard Good said Fisher’s death prompted an immediate curfew for Charleston.
“Unfortunately when people start shooting guns, innocent people can be hurt very easily. You can have kids playing in a park that can easily be shot. People in their houses that can accidentally be shot. Unfortunately, in this case, it’s something that needs to be done,” said Good.
Jones said it is a problem that is not going away anytime soon.
“You know that family is going to retaliate so it’s going to be a back and forth thing for the rest of the summer. That’s pitiful but that’s how it works around here,” said Jones.
The curfew is everyday from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Public Safety Director Bobby Hearnes said the curfew will be in place until further notice. The three suspects are being held in the Mississippi County Jail and are expected in court Wednesday morning. If you have any information, please call the Charleston Department of Public Safety.