UPDATE: Tuesday shootings could be related to Sunday incidents

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 12:12 a.m. CDT; updated 6:53 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 30, 2010

COLUMBIA — Police investigated several reports of shots fired Tuesday night which they think are related to similar reports from Sunday, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The Columbia Police Department received calls at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that reported shots were fired at the intersection of Hinkson Avenue and William Street and the intersection of Wilkes Boulevard and Rangeline Street. Shell casings also were found on Fourth Avenue. The shots were fired from two vehicles who were shooting at each other, according the release. Witnesses described the vehicles as a silver, gray or silver-and-black truck and a red, maroon or burgundy passenger vehicle.

No injuries to people were reported and investigators are still compiling a list of vehicles and other property damaged.

Police suspect these shootings to be related to two shootings on Saturday because they happened within a few days and police recovered similar shell casings from those shootings.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a person in a gray or black Chevy Avalanche was reported to have shot at two or three unidentified men walking along Fifth Street near the intersection of Fifth and Lyons streets. Officers found .45-caliber shell casings on the street and a bullet in a house on Lyon Street, but there were no reported injuries. The house was probably not the intended target, according to the release.

At about 3:30 a.m., a person in a red Pontiac Grand Am was reported to have fired shots in the 800 block of Clinkscales Road. Eight shell casings of the same caliber were recovered. One witness reported the car had a white sticker in the driver's side window.

In the evening, residents of the 500 building of Tiger Village Apartments denied any shooting despite reports of shots fired, and police recovered no shell casings there.

Anyone with information about the suspects, vehicles or anyone involved can call the Police Department at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

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