Officers Respond to Disturbance, Witness Gunfire
COLUMBIA - Early Saturday morning, around 12:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to Boone Tavern Restaurant for a report of a large disturbance. When officers arrived they found a large disturbance that had moved into the street after starting inside the lobby during a party. As officers approached the area it appeared that two large groups were separating. While assessing what was going on, several shots were fired from just east of their location, approximately ten to twenty yards away. Crowds of people began running from the area and officers took cover due to the unknown origin of the shots.
Once the scene was stabilized a large crime scene was located, to include the Boone County Government Center, various building on the north side of Ninth Street between Walnut and Ash, as well as several cars parked in the area. These buildings and vehicles had been damaged by gunfire. Forensic Evidence Team officers located multiple shell casings and it is estimated between 20-25 shots were fired.
Police were notified a short time later that a 19-year-old male victim was at a local emergency room with a gunshot wound that was non-life threatening in nature. Investigators and patrol officers attempted to interview multiple witnesses, as well as the victim, but they received little cooperation. Although investigators believe they have identified the suspects, without witnesses or victims who are willing to make statements they are unable to establish probable cause to make an arrest in this case. No officers were injured, and no other victims have been reported to police at this time.
Investigators believe this incident may be a continuation of an ongoing feud and possibly connected to other recent shots fired incidents in Columbia. If anyone has any information about this incident, please call the Columbia Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.