COLUMBIA — Police investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man said the victim has been uncooperative and his story does not match up with a patrol officer’s report.
According to Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond, the victim said he was shot at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of DaLena’s restaurant and night club at 128 E. Nifong Blvd.
However, his statement is inconsistent with a police report of the incident, Hammond said. The owner of the business also disputed the story.
Elena Sapp, the owner of DaLena’s, said she was sure that the victim, who she said is named Brandon, was not shot outside of her building.
“I had three security guards that night,” Sapp said. “There wasn’t anything that happened outside.”
Sapp said her head security guard, “Big Country,” was working in front of the building at the time the victim said the shooting occurred.
DaLena’s is a restaurant during the day and a night club after hours, Sapp said.
“I have 200 people in my building that will tell you that it didn’t happen,” she said. “This is hurting my business. People don’t want to
go somewhere where they feel their life is in danger.”
Police continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information can submit a tip online to CrimeStoppers at 875tips.com.