Three reports of shots fired in Columbia since Friday afternoon

Saturday, February 18, 2012 | 6:57 p.m. CST; updated 1:47 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — There have been three separate reports of shots being fired in the city since Friday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired near Banks Avenue and Worley Street at around 2:03 p.m. Friday, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.  No injuries were reported, and it is thought the shots came from a moving vehicle. No arrests have been made.

The second reported incident occurred at around 5:26 p.m. Friday near Providence Road and Austin Avenue. Callers thought shots were fired from a moving vehicle. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

Finally, officers responded to shots being fired at around 12:35 a.m. today at the parking lot of Southside Pizza on Peachtree Drive. Reports described an exchange of gunfire between someone in the parking lot and someone in a moving vehicle driving through the lot, according to the release. No arrests were made and no injuries were reported. Officers were able to recover shell casings.

It is unclear at this time whether the three shootings are connected. Last week, there was also a report of 20 to 25 shots fired downtown near the Boone County Government Center.

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