UPDATE: 2 dead, 1 injured in northwest Columbia shooting

8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, March 26 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:18:00 PM CDT March 26, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Grace Lett, KOMU 8 Digital Producer, James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter and Carolina Brigagao, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said a second victim in a Sunday shooting on I-70 Drive NW is dead.

Michael J. Walker Jr., 32, died at a hospital. He was found along with Jeffery D. Jones, 26, and another man in a shot-up SUV near the intersection of Garden Drive and I-70 Drive NW about 12:45 p.m. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Walker and the third man were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

When they arrived Sunday afternoon, officers found all three men with gunshot wounds.

The driver's-side window of the SUV had a hole slightly smaller than a volleyball broken through it. Police kept the doors of the vehicle open during the investigation.

Officers closed down a stretch of I-70 Drive between Garden Drive and Stadium Boulevard while they investigated. A forensic unit joined police on the scene.

Police had not released any suspect information as of Monday afternoon. 

Neighbors said they could hear the gunshots. One man said it sounded like someone banging on his front door. Though people living in the area said they were used to traffic accidents at the intersection, they were not used to shootings in their area.

A resident of the neighborhood said he heard 16 shots fired. 

Wally Campbell has lived in the neighborhood for 28 years and said a event like this is disconcerting and uncommon. This was the second shooting in the area in the past two weeks.

Campbell said their is a growing need for police patrol.

KOMU 8 News spoke to two people who called 911 when they heard the gunshots, though they did not want to be identified for this story.

 

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