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UPDATE: Police have no suspects in shooting near Columbia College

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 5:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man who was shot in his stomach at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday on Circus Avenue has nonlife-threatening injuries, Columbia Police Sgt. Bruce Houston said.

The man ran into a house on Circus Avenue, which is near Columbia College, after being shot, and the homeowner called the police. The victim was taken to University Hospital, 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 3 p.m. Wednesday, police had no suspects, Detective Jeff Westbrook said.  

Investigators were able to talk with the victim Wednesday afternoon, but Westbrook said the victim's descriptions of the incident were vague. It is suspected that the shooting was drug-related, Westbrook 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. A search warrant has been issued to search one of the cars, which is related to the victim.

Several shell casings were also found at the scene, Westbrook said.

Nearby, Gina Neidel, 21, said her physiology class in Buchanan Hall at the center of Columbia College was put on lockdown at about 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 scared a few people.

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

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


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