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One shot in earlobe at outdoor party near Foyer Court

Monday, June 27, 2011 | 4:48 p.m. CDT; updated 4:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Police are looking for the person who is responsible for a shooting Saturday morning that occurred when a fight broke out at an outdoor party of 300 people.

Police officers were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. to a large party in the area of 1912 Foyer Court, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

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Twenty officers were dispatched to the scene, including the Missouri Highway Patrol. Upon arrival, they observed more than 100 people involved in a physical fight, Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said.

Officers gave verbal commands to the crowd to disperse, and shots were fired approximately 150 feet north of the area, the news release said.

Officers found a vehicle, with five women inside who had attended the party, that was struck by a bullet. The bullet had gone through the windshield but, other than cuts from falling glass, did not injure any of the women, Stroer said.

Officers found a round in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, but due to the ongoing investigation, the department is not releasing any information on the type of round.

“We do not believe they were targeted,” she said.

An 18-year-old male who was at the party was taken to the hospital for a bullet wound on his left earlobe. He was found farther down the street from the vehicle.

A total of eight shell casings were found at the scene. There are no suspect descriptions, and no arrests have been made.


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