Police: suspect on the loose after shots fired in north Columbia

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is still looking for an identified suspect after several shots were fired in north Columbia Monday night just before 8 p.m. 

It happened at an apartment complex near Brown Station Road on the 2900 block of Leeway Drive, which is near Blue Ridge Elementary School.

CPD Public Information Officer Bryana Larimer said officers detained a man for questioning at the scene, but they were still looking for at least one other suspect Monday night. Officers could not confirm if the unidentified person was armed or how the suspect got away. 

CPD temporarily blocked off the street, and then officers searched a car near the scene for a possible weapon. The police did not confirm whether officers found anything.

Larimer said officers found multiple shell casings, and bullets damaged the siding of one apartment. There weren't any reported injuries.

KOMU 8 talked to witnesses who said they heard four or five shots. Alvin Ransom said he heard five or six shots, and then two more. He said it sounded like "loud rapid popping."

CPD said witnesses and neighbors were cooperative, and asked anyone with additional information to contact CPD or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.

The investigation is still ongoing. 

(Editor's Note: This story is continuously being updated with new information.)