CPD: SHOTS FIRED ON RICE ROAD

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COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against a suspect in a gunfire incident Wednesday evening.

Neighbors reported hearing shots fired in north Columbia Wednesday at around 7 p.m. in the area of Rice Road and Riney Lane. Officers at the scene found shell casings and broken glass, and got descriptions of two vehicles leaving the area.

A short time later, police responded to Chestnut Drive for reports of an injured person. They also eventually found both vehicles seen leaving the Rice Road scene. Officers arrested a suspect, identified as Terrell Marquise Lawrence.

The charges against Lawrence, 21, include three counts of armed criminal action, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of unlawful possession of a gun.

Court documents said the shooting stemmed from an argument between Lawrence and someone else. While being drive around the Rice Road area, Lawrence allegedly pulled out a gun and started shooting at the other vehicle. The probable cause statement said glass cut the person driving Lawrence's vehicle.

Lawrence has previous felony convictions for stealing and receiving stolen property. Felons are not allowed to have guns.

Prosecutors have asked that Lawrence's bond be set at $200,000 cash only, saying they believe him to be a flight risk.

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