UPDATE: Suspect arrested in central Columbia shooting

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, June 28 2018 Jun 28, 2018 Thursday, June 28, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT June 28, 2018 in News
By: Jared Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter, Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director and Cameron La Fontaine and Naomi Klinge, KOMU Digital Producers
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COLUMBIA - Moberly Police arrested Phillip Lawson Thursday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree assault in connection to the central Columbia shooting Wednesday evening. He is being held at the Randolph County Jail with no bond.

Columbia Police said a man in his 50's was shot Wednesday in the 600 block of McBaine Avenue. They arrived on scene at approximately 7:10 p.m. where they found a man with a gunshot wound. He was found on the corner of Duncan Street and McBaine in central Columbia.

Forensic units searched the area around a residence at the corner of McBaine and Lynn Street for multiple hours before entering the home around 10:30 p.m.

Police and forensic units were still on the scene as of 10:45 p.m Wednesday night.

In a Thursday press release, Columbia Police said they had a warrant out for the arrest of 31-year-old Lawson in relation to the shooting. They had a no bond warrant for charges including first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

There has been no official word on the condition of the victim, but a cousin of the victim at the scene told KOMU 8 News that he is "stable."

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