UPDATE: Man shot in stomach, Columbia College locked down

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 9:49 a.m. CDT; updated 4:14 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 14, 2010

COLUMBIA — A man was shot in his stomach at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday night at Circus Avenue, Columbia Police Sgt. Bruce Houston said.

A man ran into a house on Circus Avenue after being shot, and the homeowner called the police. The victim was taken to University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach, Houston said. Wednesday morning, Columbia Police Capt. Brad Nelson said the victim is a 38-year-old man from Kansas City, but police are not releasing his name.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, police had no suspects and no witnesses, Nelson said.

A silver car with damage to the front right end was involved in the incident, but police are not sure how. Nelson said police have impounded two vehicles , but did not specify that the silver car was one of them. Police are not looking for any other vehicles at this time.

Nearby, Gina Neidel, 21, said her evening physiology class in the Buchanan Building at the center of Columbia College was put on lockdown around 9:30 p.m Tuesday.

An automated message on a speaker system instructed the class to lock the door, turn out the lights, get away from the windows and doors, and get on the floor at the back of the room. Neidel said the lockdown lasted about half an hour.

Columbia College student Courtney Drerup said her residence hall was put on lockdown for about 15 minutes.

"They just told us we were on lockdown and to go to our rooms and stay away from the windows," she said. Drerup said the residents of Miller Hall weren't told much else, which she said freaked a few people out.

Police went to another report of shots fired near the intersection of Worley Street and Spencer Avenue, but the reports turned out to be false, Nelson said.


Missourian reporters Christiana Nielson, Alison Gammon, Pat Henseler, Matt Pearce and Sally Wyatt contributed to this report.

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