Update: Columbia Teen Shot Dead in Overnight Shooting

7 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, April 07 2012 Apr 7, 2012 Saturday, April 07, 2012 12:03:00 PM CDT April 07, 2012 in News
By: Iris Zhang
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COLUMBIA - Several residents on West Sugar Tree Lane told KOMU they all heard the gunshot while sleeping early Saturday morning.

One witness, Shawn Sims, said he heard only one gunshot. He said when he came out of the house, he saw several people pushing the victim into a private vehicle and prepared to send him to the hospital. He called the police immediately, but he didn't see the suspect.

The shooting happened during a gathering among a group of more than 10 teenagers. A 15-year-old junior high school student living in the neighborhood organized the gathering. But she doesn't know about the suspect very well. She said 17-year-old Bryan Rankin was a junior at Rock Bridge High School and the 15-year-old suspect is an acquaintance of Rankin's. She said the male juvenile, whose first name is Lamar, doesn't get along with Rankin very well.

Rankin was reported dead at around 4 a.m. at University Hospital. Police arrested the suspect on Gregory Drive at around 5:30 a.m. for Second Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. No further information is released about the suspect because he is a juvenile. But he could be certified as an adult, if the court decides so. As for now, Columbia Police Department is still working to get all the details of the homicide.

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