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UPDATE: One dead, suspect in custody in connection with Eighth Street shooting

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 10:47 a.m. CST; updated 9:15 p.m. CST, Monday, March 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — Larrell Banks was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Monday in connection with a shooting on North Eighth Street and Park Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

Banks, 18, of Fulton, was arrested at 1 a.m. Monday morning and charged with second-degree homicide and armed criminal action in connection with the case.

Lamont Sargent, 39, died Sunday night after being transported to the University Hospital emergency room in critical condition with a gunshot wound, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Officers found Sargent in his home on the 300 block of North Eighth Street after responding to a reported shooting at 3:09 p.m. Sunday.

Police anticipate more arrests related to the shooting, but Stroer declined to provide any further information regarding Banks' arrest.

It is unknown at this time whether the incident was connected to shots fired early Friday morning at the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Hermitage Road, the first reported shooting since Police Chief Ken Burton started the department's proactive patrol on Feb. 20 to respond to an increase in gang-related crimes across the city.

As of Friday, police had made 41 arrests resulting from these patrols.


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