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.
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.