Report of gunman temporarily locks down Hickman, Jefferson Junior

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | 8:31 p.m. CST; updated 3:54 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 16, 2009

COLUMBIA – A gunman was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after brandishing a stolen handgun to one of the patrons of the McDonald’s restaurant at 205 Business Loop 70 E. , Columbia police officials said.  

Hickman High School and Jefferson Junior High School were locked down as a precautionary measure at approximately 12:15 p.m., after notification from the Columbia Police Department and Public Safety Joint Communications, school officials said.  

“A lot of students were at lunch around the area at the time of the incident,” Lt. Diane Benhard said.  

The suspect, Darian Carter, 16, was taken into custody at the intersection of Worley and LaSalle, after he fled north from the McDonald’s, Benhard said.  

Officers retraced Carter’s path and recovered his backpack with a 9-millimeter handgun, an iPod and a computer. The items are suspected of being stolen in a burglary, Benhard said. 

Carter was charged with two counts of felony receiving stolen property and one count of felony possession of a concealable firearm.  

Hickman High planned to notify parents of the incident with a note sent home with students at the end of the school day. 

– Missourian reporter Allison Gordon contributed to this report


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Ayn Rand February 11, 2009 | 11:32 a.m.

A few obvious questions -- ones that it's unlikely that reporters in this town will have the stones to ask: He's 16. Why wasn't he in school? Where are his parents? How will they be held accountable? If he's been skipping school frequently, has anyone at his high school notified his parents? Or do schools pretty much ignore truancy these days?

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Ray Shapiro February 11, 2009 | 12:03 p.m.

Did Hickman's principal run through the streets and gather up all of his students who were hanging around McDonald's, Taco Bell and Dairy Queen and did he make certain that those who left the school, per their "open-campus" policy were safe and sound?
If a student gets shot outside of school, thanks to your "open-campus" policy, does CPS have any liability concerning putting our children "at-risk?"
If not, why even bother with a "lock down?"

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Charles Dudley Jr February 11, 2009 | 12:11 p.m.

Yes I am going to go there on this one:

How come we do not hear of young white males getting into this kind of trouble in OUR community?

Why is it always young black males in this kind of trouble in OUR community?

Where is Mary Ratliff when these things go down and afterward too in OUR community?

Where are the black church leaders in our community after these things happen in OUR community?

Where are the fine and upstanding black fathers when and after this happens in OUR community?

Bill Cosby must be ashamed to be black at times like this.

Other great related videos there too.

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Ayn Rand February 11, 2009 | 12:29 p.m.

Well, when it comes to drugs, there are plenty of white, male high schoolers dealing and using.

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Matt Y February 11, 2009 | 1:18 p.m.

Does the story say that this person is black?

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Ayn Rand February 11, 2009 | 1:29 p.m.

Maybe the print version of this story had his photo.

Here's his photo:

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Ray Shapiro February 11, 2009 | 3:12 p.m.

Yea, I checked out his photo on the site that Ayn posted and he does kinda looks black to me.
You might also want to read the almost 40 comments that local citizens posted just beneath that article.
It's quite shocking what people have to say when a gun toting, 16 year old black youth is across the street from our local High School during an open-campus lunch hour.

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Matt Y February 11, 2009 | 4:05 p.m.

I hadn't seen the other article. I was just checking.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 11, 2009 | 8:44 p.m.

Matt Y The story hit the Trib before it hit here. That is how I knew he was black and why I responded as such.

Ayn do we hear more about those phantom white boys or do we hear more about the in your face black boys?

Answer: The latter mentioned.

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Alice Thompson February 13, 2009 | 10:27 a.m.

For anyone who is interested in fact over opinion on the Dudley VS Y debate on crime and race- you can go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website and find out. You can pull reports broken down by race, age, location and type of crime.
In Columbia, teens that were arrested for drug related crime were majority caucasion- gun related crimes were majority africian- FYI it goes both ways (and not everyone gets caught and charged- espically when they have enough money for good lawyers).

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Ray Shapiro February 13, 2009 | 1:08 p.m.

Interesting web-site.
Seems like for "College Town Columbia" in 2008, Columbia, your obsrvation of white teens arrested for pot or alcohol use was indeed greater than the number of smoking and drinking blacks. (I wonder how many blacks are attending MU compared to whites?)
Blacks got only 52 DUI's compared to whites at 324. (The organization known as "MADD" should be furious about that one!)
However, if the crimes were "opium" related, (selling/using), then blacks got arrested more than twice as many times then whites. (Isn't crack an opium related drug?)
{"Also, the report defines Robbery as follows:
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or
control of a person by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the
victim in fear.
3A. Robbery – Firearm
A firearm is used as a weapon or as a means of force to threaten the victim.
3B. Robbery – Knife or Cutting Instrument
A knife, broken bottle, razor, scissors or other cutting object or stabbing
instrument is used as a weapon or as a means of force to threaten the victim.
3C. Robbery – Other Dangerous Weapon"}
In this case, for 2006, Blacks scored 4 times as many compared to whites.
Also of interest , considering there are overall much more non-blacks in Columbia than non-whites, 3,593 blacks were arrested for something or other, while 4,274 non-blacks were arrested for something or other.
This not only disputes the argument that the police arrest more blacks than whites, but also indicates that a far greater percent of the black community gets arrested. Why do you think that is?
Maybe Mary Ratliff would like to join in on this discussion. Or is she too busy eating cake and drinking "kool-aid" at Second Baptist?

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Ray Shapiro February 13, 2009 | 1:40 p.m.

Also of possible interest:
A new study by Northeastern University Professor James Alan Fox showed black teen murder rates have been climbing since 2000, especially in comparison to rates among white teens.

The racial disparity appeared in murder victims and murder suspects and was most noticeable among 14 to 17 years old, according to news accounts. In the year 2000, 539 white and 851 black youth in that age group committed murder. By 2007, the number for whites had barely risen (547) while the number for blacks had soared 34 percent to 1,142.

Much of the spike is due to the increase in gang activity in mid-sized and large cities, according to some experts who spoke to UPI.

Two, of many, comments from said article:

2008-12-29 13:39:28I think that a lot of factors named in this article contribute to the problem, but a lot of it goes back to home, lack of training and social skills..Low education and no home training..Our high school drop out rate for young black teens is at 50%, that means half of our youth are uneducated, and/or illerate..What does that say for the future of young black people when our kids won't take advantage of a basic education. I also think that a lot of this problem falls on our young black women who don't take responsibility for their birth control and the type of men they lay down and produce children with and for not taking a firm stand on not having babies out of wedlock. Not saying that black men aren't equally responsible for not raising their children..If we had better parenting at home policing and gun control would not be a factor.

Lil Bill
2008-12-29 17:59:11An outpouring of community activism, support and volunteerism usually aided such challenge, back in the day, but today the black community has surrendered. I don?t believe that the lack of police programs, poverty, poor education, and sorry single parents are at the root. Yes, they are factors, but black folks have always been poor, lacked great schools, police programs, and many had no-good single parents, but the community, especially church, aided and abetted the community at large. The root of the problem is the deterioration of the black community. That means possibly you and many others have failed lil Malik, TaQuan and Joe. Who are the enemies within the black community: black church - enemy #1. black media - enemy # 2 black artist - enemy #3 black parents( some single moms and baby daddies) Solution: volunteer and get active within your community - especially mentoring and tutoring within schools. Black men needed desperately! Kudos to the black community activist!
Murder rate rising among black teens - The Daily Voice - Dec 29, 2008

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Charles Dudley Jr February 13, 2009 | 4:06 p.m.

ray shapiro comes through once again. Looks like a slam dunk of the month.


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