Teenager shot near Douglass Park

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 10:09 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A teenager was wounded in a shooting Monday night near Douglass Park.

The shooting followed a fight that broke out earlier that evening in the park. 

Officers were called to quell a large disturbance at 7 p.m. at Douglass Park, which involved nearly 100 people, said Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia Police Department.

Kevon Nelson, 21, and Russon Nelson, 23, were arrested at the scene of the fight, which police think began as a dispute between feuding families.

In a separate incident, less than an hour after police broke up the fight, a 17-year-old male was shot one block west of Douglass Park near Trinity and Switzler streets, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. His wounds, which police described as life-threatening, were to his upper body, though no information was released about his condition Tuesday morning.

Stroer said the teenager was not the intended target — witnesses said the man who did the shooting was in an argument with someone else, who was standing next to the teenager. 

Anthony T. Graves, 19, was taken into custody at 1003 Jefferson St. on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the release. The bond for the unlawful use of a weapon was set at $4,500. The rest of his bond was not set as of Tuesday morning. 

This is the second shooting to happen since Columbia police began proactive patrols. 

On March 4, Lamont Sargent, 39, was killed when he was shot in his home on the 300 block of North Eighth Street. Larrell Montez Banks, 18, was arrested in connection with the shooting.

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