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Cape Coral man in custody for shooting more than 10 rounds into a home with children inside

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A man from Cape Coral, Florida has been taken into custody after he fired more than 10 rounds into a home while there were children inside. The man, whose identity is yet to be released, allegedly shot at the home during an altercation with the occupants. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident. Investigations are ongoing, as authorities try to understand what led to the shooting. Here is what we know so far.

Cape Coral man in custody for shooting more than 10 rounds into a home with children inside

A Cape Coral man is now in custody after allegedly firing more than 10 rounds into a home on Northeast Second Place. The incident took place on Sunday night, around 10 p.m., with three children inside the home.

The Details of the Incident

According to the Cape Coral Police Department, the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Joseph Tompkins, approached the home and began firing bullets. Witnesses say that Tompkins fired multiple rounds, hitting the house, cars parked in the driveway, and nearby trees.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the attack, but the incident was extremely traumatic for the family of the home. The three children inside the home were 5, 8, and 11 years old, respectively, and were understandably shaken by what had taken place. They were taken to a safe location while the police searched for the suspect.

The Arrest of Joseph Tompkins

It wasn’t long before Joseph Tompkins was tracked down by the police and taken into custody without incident. He faces charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The motive behind the shooting is still unknown, and police are continuing to investigate the incident. They have not released any information on whether or not Tompkins knew the family or had any prior disputes with them.

The Danger of Gun Violence

This recent incident highlights the danger of gun violence in our society. It’s shocking to think that someone could fire multiple rounds into a home with children inside, causing fear and trauma to innocent bystanders. It’s a reminder that we need to do more to prevent gun violence from happening.

Gun violence is a complex issue, and there is no easy solution. It’s clear that we need to do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. One step we can take is to strengthen background checks and close loopholes that allow criminals and those with dangerous mental illnesses to access guns.

We also need to invest in programs that address the underlying causes of gun violence, such as poverty, trauma, and mental illness. This includes funding for mental health services and support for families and communities affected by gun violence.

The Impact on the Community

In addition to the trauma experienced by the family inside the home, incidents like this have an impact on the entire community. Shootings like this can make people feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods and can create fear and anxiety.

It’s important that we come together as a community to support each other and work towards solutions to prevent gun violence. This includes supporting local organizations and initiatives that work towards this goal and advocating for policy changes at the local, state, and national levels.


The shooting in Cape Coral is a sobering reminder of the danger of gun violence. While we may never know the motive behind the attack, we can work towards preventing incidents like this from happening in the future. That means investing in programs and policies that address the underlying causes of gun violence and coming together as a community to support each other. We must never forget the trauma experienced by the children inside the home that night and work to prevent such incidents in the future.


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