CPD identifies north Columbia shooting victim
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department identified 17-year-old Deante Mardell Smith as the victim of a fatal shooting in north Columbia.
Smith was shot Sunday afternoon in the area of Silver Mill Drive and White River Drive.
Neighbors expressed their grief but were not willing to speak with us on record about the shooting.
One neighbor said he protected his nephews from the bullets by lying on top of them.
Another neighbor said they knew Smith and will miss him.
Forensic teams were out investigating the scene Monday. Yellow tape surrounded a moderate portion of land at the intersection of Silver Mill Drive and White Water Drive.
The investigation is on-going.