Neighbor says shooting is "a little too close to home"

3 years 10 months 2 days ago Tuesday, April 26 2016 Apr 26, 2016 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:10:00 PM CDT April 26, 2016 in News
By: Connor Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Some neighbors are "shaken" and "on edge" Tuesday following a Monday night shooting that left one man dead. 

Dante Guzman lives behind the Deerfield Apartments in northeast Columbia where Monday night's shooting took place. Guzman said he and his wife came home around 7:40 p.m. and five minutes later he heard the shots fired. 

"Then I heard boom, boom, boom. I looked out the window thinking it could be a firecracker, fireworks," Guzman said. "But then I heard five shots, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and then I ran out to see what it was. I heard screaming, 'Oh no" then I figured somebody got shot." 

Tuesday morning, the Columbia Police Department identified the victim of the shooting as 24-year-old Gabrielle Rhodes. Officers confirmed Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Guzman said he ran to check on the victim after he heard the gunshots. 

"When I looked at the body, I saw he was wearing pants, jeans, Nikes, and a sweatshirt. And I'm like, that's what my kids wear to school. I'm like that could have been my son and from there I was just shaky and scared," Guzman said. 

Guzman said he told his wife to call 911 and told his kids to get away from the windows. 

"Right here, this is a little too close to home. I do feel scared and nervous because it was less than 100 feet from my house. I could have been in the backyard mowing my lawn, it could have been my kids playing in the yard," he said.  

CPD arrested three men on the scene of Monday night's shooting for their alleged involvement in a different shooting hear the Highway 63 Connector.  

Guzman said this is the first time that his family has experienced anything like this since they've lived in the neighborhood. 

"It's just so close to home. It's like that could have been one of my kids, it could have been me, it could have been my wife," he said. "It's just so close to home it makes you feel vulnerable." 

The Columbia Police Department refused to comment on the investigation Tuesday. 

 [Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the latest information.]

 

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