Darian J. Engram Keshawn M. Childress
Cape Girardeau police say two Illinois men face felony gun charges after they admitted to shooting at assailants at an area gas station. The shooting occurred early Saturday morning at the Rhodes 101 convenience store at 1126 N. Sprigg. At least four shots were fired, and several vehicles were struck by bullets. The two suspects’ vehicle was struck in the passenger-side door and in the passenger-side front fender. Police pulled over 23-year-old Darian Jamaar Engram, and 27-year-old Keshawn Maurice Childress, both of Mound City. Police found a .40-caliber shell casing lodged between the windshield and hood of the vehicle. Engram and Childress told police they shot their guns in self-defense and had no idea who was shooting at them. Childress says he left the vehicle and ran toward the rear of the station to try to see who was shooting. He told police he remembered seeing a light blue or gray car driving at them and at least one occupant of that vehicle shooting at them. Engram and Childress have been charged with the class B felony of unlawful use of a weapon. Their bond was set at $75,000 cash each or surety.