Boone County to charge one of four suspects in shooting near school

Friday, November 25, 2011 | 12:16 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – One of four teenagers arrested Monday on suspicion of involvement in a shooting incident near Rock Bridge High School told police he fired the gun.

Christopher Roseberry, 18, was arrested Monday along with Devon Hicks, 18, Nicholas Thomas, 18, and a 16-year-old male, according to a previous Missourian report. According to the Boone County Sheriff's department website, only Roseberry remains in custody.

According to the probable cause statement, the two Rock Bridge High School students who were shot at identified the four suspects as being in the car from which the gun was fired. The four were arrested, two of them as they returned to class and the other two — who were not students — at an apartment several hours later.

During interviews with the four suspects, the police learned that there had been a confrontation between the victims and the suspects before the shooting.

The suspects saw the victims at a McDonald’s on Nifong Boulevard, then waited for them by the high school, expecting them to return there, according to the statement. When they saw their targets' car, they pulled in behind it. Roseberry told police he fired a gun toward the other group as both their cars were traveling south on the outer road approaching the high school.

The victims' car was not hit, although two rounds were found inside the car of an uninvolved motorist who was driving near the high school, according to the statement.

Roseberry is being charged with one count of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree assault and was being held Friday morning on $100,000 bond.

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