First report of shots fired since establishment of proactive patrol

Friday, March 2, 2012 | 1:42 p.m. CST; updated 7:25 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 3, 2012

COLUMBIA — Shots were fired from a vehicle's sunroof as it drove at 1:20 a.m. Friday as it drove through the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Hermitage Road, according to a release from Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer for the Columbia Police Department.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired and found multiple shell casings, but it is unknown if the shots were fired at an intended target or just into the air, the release stated. No injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing, though there is no further information about a suspect.

This is the first reported shooting since Police Chief Ken Burton started the department's proactive patrol on Feb. 20 to respond to an increase in crimes around the city.

Officers in the proactive patrol look for any suspicious activity, making them less reliant on calls made from the public. The patrols have led to 41 arrests, according to a previous Missourian report.

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Ray Shapiro March 8, 2012 | 4:06 p.m.

Will CPD announce the names of the gangs these shooters identify themselves with?
It might hamper further recruitment of our teens.
Also, with all the shootings going on in Columbia, will CPD encourage a well administered teen curfew program to protect teens this spring/summer?
I recall Chief Burton addressing this possibility during a neighborhood meeting in Jason Thornhill's ward not too long ago.
(We should at least have teen curfews in the areas of town destined to be designated as blighted.)

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