Police Kept Busy Sunday Morning
"They're spread pretty thin, beacuse if you have to set up a perimeter around something, you're looking at six to eight officers just to set up that perimeter," said Sgt. Shelley Jones of the Columbia Police Department.
At about 1:12 a.m. Sunday, Columbia Police arrived at the 1400 block of Raleigh Drive for a report of shots being fired. During a search of the area, evidence was recovered confirming a shot had been fired. Neighbors in the area say they had little information on the shooting.
Six minutes later, a police officer arrived to see a crowd gathering outside a bar on Hitt Street and Locust Street. Officers heard five gun shots coming from a parking lot near Bambinos Restaurant. A building obstructed the officers' view of the shooting. Policed attempted to gain control of the situation and talked to members of the crowd for more information. None of the bar patrons claimed to know who fired the shots. The shooter left the scene undetected.
Police say a man was driving on I-70 near Rangeline at 1:31 a.m. Sunday when another car pulled up alongside his. Police say the man in the car heard a shot and something hitting his car. Officers later pulled over and arrested a man fitting the suspect's description. Police arrested Andre Hayes. Cops found crack cocaine and a concealed handgun in his car. Hayes was charged with second degree assault, armed criminal action, and trafficking of a controlled substance.
Police responded to an armed robbery at Ash Street and Garth Street at 3:47 a.m. Sunday. The victim said three black males approached his vehicle. One man displayed a handgun and demanded money. The victim described the men as black males in their twenties. An officer identified three men matching the victims' descriptions. The suspects ran as the officer approached. The officer caught and arrested one of the suspects after a short chase. Police arrested Maurice D. Figures, 18, of Columbia for second degree robbery and resisting arrest. The two other suspects avoided the police.
If you have any information on any of these incidents, call CRIME STOPPERS at (573) 875-8477.