COLUMBIA — Police officers were dispatched at 12:52 a.m. Friday to the Gerbes Supermarket at 2900 Paris Road, where they found a 41-year-old woman with a gunshot wound in her lower abdomen area, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.
She was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, said Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the department. The woman was unable to provide information before going into surgery early Friday morning.
According to the release, video surveillance footage at Gerbes showed the woman entering the parking lot alone from the north.
She fell down near the front doors of the supermarket, where she was found by employees as they were walking out.
The employees did not hear any shots fired, the release stated, and it is unclear where the shooting occurred.
Officers found a handgun in the woman's coat pocket, but Stroer said it is still unknown if the weapon was used to cause the injuries.
According to the release, investigators talked to the woman's friends and family to find out her whereabouts prior to the incident. The friends allowed a search of their residence with negative results, the release said. The investigation is ongoing.
This was the second of two shooting incidents in Columbia in two days.