Pool Shooting Leads to Violence Prevention Meeting

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COLUMBIA - For many Columbia residents, the shots fired during an altercation in the parking lot of the Albert-Oakland Aquatic Center on Monday around 5 p.m. were far too close for comfort.  At the time of the incident, many residents and their children were at the pool and the park's picnic area.

Columbia Police Sergeant Jason Jones told KOMU 8 News that police have at least one suspect, but haven't taken anyone into custody. The incident is still under investigation.

Members of the Columbia Community Nonviolence Initiative, which operates the "Silence the Violence" campaign, were present at the park Monday afternoon. A group representative told KOMU 8 that several group members plan to attend the city's three swimming pool openings on Wednesday in an effort to prevent future violence.

The organization will hold a public meeting on Tuesday night to discuss future events and community activities to promote nonviolence. The meeting will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center at 701 East Ash Street.