UPDATE: Teenager shot, killed near Douglass Park

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 12:11 p.m. CDT; updated 9:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — A teenager has died after he was shot Monday evening near Douglass Park.

DeAudre Orlando Johnson, 17, of Columbia died of a gunshot wound to his upper body at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at University Hospital.


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Johnson was shot one block west of the park near Trinity and Switzler streets, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said Johnson 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 teen.

Anthony T. Graves, 19, was arrested 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.

Johnson's is the second shooting death in as many weeks since Columbia police began proactive patrols. 

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

In a separate incident Monday evening, a fight broke out less than an hour earlier at Douglass Park, at North Providence Road and Rogers Street. 

Around 7 p.m., officers were called to quell a disturbance that involved almost 100 people at the park, Stroer said.

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.

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Ed Lane March 13, 2012 | 2:16 p.m.

So, so sad and such a waste of human life!!!!!

I hope this scum rots in hell and is prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law!!!!!!!

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mike mentor March 13, 2012 | 2:50 p.m.

I wonder if anyone witnessed the hothead that shot this kid actin' a fool prior to this tragedy. If so, you've got blood on your hands...

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Justin Smith March 13, 2012 | 3:29 p.m.

What's with kids carrying guns, killing people, and spending the rest of their lives behind bars... Is this the latest trend? Parents, or elders over 21, Lock up your guns.

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John Schultz March 13, 2012 | 4:32 p.m.

I'll wager a nice dinner that it wasn't a gun owned by his parents and probably not legally obtained.

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