Update 10/7 6:00pm:
Cape Girardeau Police say the victim found deceased at 911 Ranney Tuesday was identified as 42 year-old Howard Harris Smith Jr., of Cape Girardeau. An autopsy performed today confirmed Smith died as a result of a gunshot. The Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad continues to investigate. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they can contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at (573) 335-6621 or the anonymous line at (573) 339-6313.
Original story 10/7 4:30am:
A man was shot and killed Tuesday night in the 900 block of Ranney Avenue. Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair said police responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Blair says the man was clearly deceased. The deceased had been shot multiple times and Blair says there was no chance the wounds were self-inflicted. Police have no suspects. Blair had no information on the weapon, but said he didn’t believe there were any witnesses to the shooting. The man, whose identity has not been confirmed, lay face down on a slight embankment in the yard at 911 Ranney Ave. Police were investigating a silver Lexus parked across the street from the house. He said no one in the neighborhood had claimed it, and authorities believed it may have belonged to the victim. Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton arrived on the scene about 10:30 p.m. Blair said he suspects the autopsy will be conducted today. The investigation is ongoing.