COLUMBIA — Police now think the suspect or suspects, who on Friday shot a 19-year-old man three times, specifically targeted the man because of witness reports that items were stolen from the scene, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.
Police recovered a red car suspected to be involved in the shooting that contained a safe, which held a firearm and large amounts of money and marijuana. Police are still searching for a silver Dodge Magnum that the shooter drove away in, according to the release.
The man was shot twice in the chest and torso and once in the thigh. Police responded to the report of shots fired at 2:06 p.m. and located the man at apartment number 11 of Fireside Apartments, 101 E. Green Meadows Road, according to the release. The man was reported to be stable Friday evening, but is again in critical condition at University Hospital.
The shooter or shooters left the scene in a silver Dodge Magnum with tinted windows, according to the release. This leads the police to discount the shooting as a random act, the release stated.
Police will continue to investigate the shooting over the weekend. If you have information about the shooting, you can call the police department at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.