UPDATE: Douglass Park Reopens After Shots Fired
COLUMBIA - Douglass Park reopened Thursday morning after reports of shots fired caused Columbia Police to close the park early Wednesday night.
Officers responded to the area at 6:20 p.m after several calls reporting shots fired. Officers found more than five shell casings at the scene. Police told KOMU 8 News Wednesday night the investigation is ongoing and there were no reports of injuries.
This marks the park's first serious incident in about a year.
Several neighbors said the violence stems from drug and alcohol-use in the area. One man said he thinks police could curb the issue if patrols were ramped up within the park.