Police make arrest in connection with fatal shooting of Columbia teen

Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 11:08 a.m. CDT; updated 7:51 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Columbia teenager was shot and killed in northeast Columbia in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Police were dispatched at 12:30 a.m. Saturday after several callers reported shots fired in the 3600 block of West Sugar Tree Lane. It is believed the shooting was a result of a disturbance at a party, according to the release.


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The 17-year-old victim, Bryan Rankin, suffered a gunshot wound to the body and was taken to the MU Women's and Children's Hospital and then transferred to University Hospital. Police were notified of his death around 4 a.m.

At 5:30 a.m., police arrested a 15-year-old male in the 5900 block of Gregory Drive on suspicion of second degree murder and armed criminal action. The suspect was identified based on witness accounts. Police were not seeking other suspects.

The police have not recovered a murder weapon and do not have information about the nature of the disturbance at the party, Sergeant Jill Schlude said.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Police Department at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 to remain anonymous.

The incident was the third homicide in Columbia in 2012. Lamont Sargent, 39, and DeAudre Johnson, 17, were also killed in shooting-related incidents this year.

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Ray Shapiro April 7, 2012 | 12:21 p.m.

("It is believed the shooting was a result of a disturbance at a party, according to the release.")
Was it an Easter party?
Such good boys, only a mother could love.

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Harold Sutton April 7, 2012 | 5:42 p.m.

The "No more snitching" article (also in this Paper) probably relates to this.

Wonder how that would apply if his kids got taken out?

If a person gets shot and recognises the shooter, would it be a violation to identify the shooter with dying breath?

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Sally Willis April 10, 2012 | 2:47 p.m.

Why are kids these ages out at this hour? And where did a fifteen year old get a gun? Come on parents ACT LIKE PARENTS! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! Our kids are acting like gun slingers and thugs. Where did they get the idea that is okay? Oh wait I'm sure somehow it's not their fault, and it can't be the parents fault, so let's blame it on society. This starts at home not school not a friends AT HOME!

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mike mentor April 10, 2012 | 4:11 p.m.

"The suspect was identified based on witness accounts. Police were not seeking other suspects."

The witness account I read said there was a group that surrounded him with one throwing a punch. Sounds like we have charges waiting for the whole group, especially the one that threw a punch. You all want to jump someone as a gang you can do time like a gang !!!

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