Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook announces that CPD officers are investigating two separate overnight shooting investigations.
As part of the Five Points Team assignment, officers were conducting foot patrol and were in the process of dispersing a crowd that gathered at the Chick-fil-A restaurant when they heard two gunshots.
Simultaneously, officers received a ShotSpotter alert which took them to a parking lot nearby.
While circulating the area, officers found a 17-year-old female victim with a gunshot wound to the leg.
Since the incident, she has been treated and released from a local hospital for her non-life threatening injury.
Initially, officers rendered first aid to the victim by applying a department issued tourniquet to the wound before EMS arrived.
Based on the ShotSpotter ballistic evidence location and the distance between the victim, officers do not believe the female victim was the intended target of the random shooting.
Shortly before 2:00 a.m., officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert at the 4000 block of Lester Drive. CPD officers located a 36-year-old male with a life-threatening injury to his upper body. Officers rendered first aid to the victim before EMS arrived to take him to a local hospital. Ballistic evidence was recovered from the scene and will be processed.
Citizens with information about either shooting incident are encouraged to contactCRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: