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Police seek second man in fatal shooting

Friday, August 22, 2008 | 7:25 p.m. CDT; updated 4:41 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 23, 2008

Police have identified a second suspect in a northeast Columbia shooting that left a man dead and another in critical condition, a Columbia Police Department news release said.

A warrant was issued for Clyde Hyler III, 22, through the Boone County Prosecutor's Office for one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree robbery. Police initially identified him as Clyde Hyler Jr.

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Hyler is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Bond was set at $1 million for the second-degree murder charge and $1 million for the robbery charge.

Police believe the shooting was the result of a drug set-up in which the victims, Antonio Flores-Ramirez, 29, of Columbia, and Javier Perdoza, 23, were intended to be robbed, Capt. Brad Nelson said.

Both men thought they were going to buy drugs from Antoine J. Harris, 31, of 4808 Rice Road, and Hyler, Nelson said.

At about 10:56 p.m Thursday, Flores-Ramirez was found dead after police responded to reports of shots fired on Quail Drive. Perdoza was later found in a nearby apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest. Flores-Ramirez and Perdoza are citizens of Mexico.

As of 8:18 a.m. Friday, Perdoza was listed in critical condition at a hospital, the release said.

On Friday, Harris was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action, a news release said. As of 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Harris was being held at the Boone County Jail. The release said Harris confessed to his involvement in the shooting.

At about 5 a.m. Friday, a blue over silver SUV matching the description of a vehicle that fled the scene of the shooting was stopped by Columbia and Fulton police on State Route F.

Officers took Harris, who was passenger in the vehicle, and another man into custody for questioning at the Columbia Police Department. The second occupant was released after questioning and is no longer considered a suspect in the investigation, the release said. He was not present at the scene of the shooting but picked up Harris and Hyler when they fled to Fulton.

Residents of 2707 Quail Drive said Flores-Ramirez and Perdoza were often seen loitering on the corner where the shooting occurred. At about 10:45 p.m, residents said they heard arguing. Shortly after, Flores-Ramirez was shot and killed on the corner

This is the fourth shooting in Columbia this week, Nelson said, and the third homicide reported this year. Two of the three homicides have involved guns. At this time in 2007, there was one homicide reported in Columbia, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Uniform Crime Report.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, police had not found any weapons involved in Thursday's shooting.

On July 8, Harris pleaded guilty to misdemeanors peace disturbance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to Missouri Case.net. He was sentenced to 60 days in the Boone County Jail.

Harris was scheduled to be in court on Oct. 2 to be tried on charges of misdemeanors second-degree property damage, third-degree domestic assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for the same date on charges of felony first-degree property damage, felony endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated.

In 2005, he pleaded guilty to felony second-degree domestic assault and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to Missouri Case.net.

Anyone with information should contact the Major Crimes Unit at 874-7414.

Missourian reporter Sara Shahriari contributed to this report.

 


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