Woman Found with Gunshot Wound at Gerbes on Paris Road
COLUMBIA - Police found a woman in the Gerbes Supermarket parking lot with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen area.
According to a press release, officers arrived at the supermarket at 2900 Paris Road just before 1:00 am Friday. They took the female victim, 41, to the hospital by ambulance. She was not able to give any information to police before she went into surgery.
Officers also watched video surveillance from the supermarket. The footage showed the woman walking into the parking lot from the north, then walking through the lot and standing at the front door of the store.
The video shows the woman alone the entire time and the release describes her as "appearing to fall down" near the front doors at Gerbes.
Employees found the woman lying outside as they left the store. They didn't hear any shots fired. Police do not know the cause or location of the shooting at this time, but they did find a handgun in the woman's coat pocket.
Investigators also talked with friends and family of the victim and searched their homes, but didn't find anything relevant to the ongoing investigation.