Shooting victim's report contradictory, police say

Monday, February 4, 2008 | 7:58 p.m. CST; updated 5:48 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

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

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Jay Edmondson March 11, 2008 | 4:45 a.m.

I have been very upset that DaLena's Southern Style Food/Night Club has been getting so much negative publicity. I am a manager at a grocery store across the street from there and get off work many nights at midnight. Since last summer I have enjoyed DaLena's after work on Friday evenings. The owners are the nicest people you could meet and the staff has always been proffesional with any problems. I have never once, since going there seen any violence or heard any gun shots. I have to say that it is one of my favorite places to eat and my favorite club at night anywhere in Columbia. I have taken my children there for breakfast on a Saturday morning and they loved it and have asked to go back. The owners are good people and shop at my store often, I think there are some people trying to get rid of it because they have never been there and have never met the friendly, proffesional people who own it or work there. Yes, the place has alot of customers when I have been there, it is the best restaurant/club I have found in columbia. If they close down I will have lost a place where the people are real and go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

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