COLUMBIA — A man was taken to University Hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm and hip following a shooting in northwest Columbia on Tuesday evening.
The shooting followed a verbal dispute near 1706 Parkside Drive, a witness told police. The suspect and victim purposefully met at the Parkside Drive residence, police said, but officials said they do not have reason to believe that either of the men lives there.
Police suspect that the victim and gunman know each other, at least peripherally, and that the incident was not random.
A car was left on the scene, with shell casings and a trail of blood nearby. Officers said the victim was likely in or near the car at the time of the shooting but said they do not know if the victim owns the car.
Based on the trail of blood, police said the victim fled in the direction of Creasy Springs Road, where he collapsed. A person in the neighborhood contacted the Columbia Police Department dispatch at 5:21 p.m., and police arrived within four minutes.
The victim, a male in his early 20s, was conscious and breathing when officers arrived on the scene.
Police said that a number of other males were with the gunman and victim at the time of the shooting. One of the men believed to have been at the scene fled and hid nearby, where he then called police.
As of Tuesday night, no arrests had been made and police said there were no leads as to the identity of the suspect. The victim's name and exact age have not been released, but his condition was reported as good late Tuesday.