COLUMBIA - Police issued a warrant at 5:25 p.m. Thursday for 16-year-old Durantrae "Trae" D. Logan, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.
Logan is wanted on suspicion of second-degree assault in connection with a Wednesday night shooting that injured a 14-year-old, a 3-year-old and a child less than 1 year old. Logan is described as a fair-skinned black teen with a large Afro that one witness described as "bushy," the release said. He was last seen in jeans with a white, bleached look and a red T-shirt worn over a black shirt.
Police said Logan should be considered armed and dangerous.
A Columbia Police officer patrolling near Jefferson Junior High School reported two gun shots at 9:32 p.m. Wednesday. Officers responding to the gunshots saw approximately 50 people running from the school's north side, Sgt. Eric White said.
"They tried to get as much information as they could, but no one was cooperating at that time," he said.
Police found shotgun shell hulls on the north side of the school.
Witnesses later said a verbal disturbance had turned physical before the shots were fired. White said police do not know why so many people were gathered by the school.
More than two hours later, a mother told police that her children had been struck by pellets from the shotgun while she was walking by the area. She did not seek medical attention because the children - one of whom is 3 years old, and the other less than 1 year old - were not seriously injured, though the pellets did break the skin, the release stated.
Just before midnight, a 14-year-old girl who was struck by one of the shotgun blasts arrived at University Hospital. She had at least five shotgun pellets in her leg, police said.
She could not give any information about the suspects, police said, and she was treated and released.
Police are encouraging witnesses to Wednesday night's incident to contact the department. Anyone with more information can call the Police Department directly at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.