Columbia resident injured in Jefferson City shooting

Sunday, March 7, 2010 | 4:49 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was seriously injured in an early morning shooting at a sports complex in Jefferson City.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a large disturbance at 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the 63 Sports Complex in Jefferson City and found three people injured, according to a department news release.

Several 911 calls reporting shots fired were made to both the Callaway County Sheriff's Department and to the Jefferson City Police Department, said Sgt. Clay Chism of the sheriff's department.

The names of the injured were withheld, but they were identified as a 24-year-old male from Columbia, a 24-year-old male from Ashland and a 20-year-old male from St. Louis, Chism said.

They were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City. Two of those shot suffered moderate injuries. The Columbia man was seriously injured and transferred to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chism said the 63 Sports Complex is a common place for after-hours parties and has posed a problem for the sheriff's department. In past years, deputies have been called there for other incidents involving firearms.

There were 300 to 400 people at the location during the shooting. Chism said deputies interviewed witnesses but were given little to no information.

Only one of the three people who were shot has agreed to assist in the investigation, Chism said. The others refused to make statements.

No suspects have been identified, Chism said.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to call the Callaway County Sheriff's Office at 573-642-7291 or CrimeStoppers at 573-592-2474.


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