COLUMBIA — Four individuals were wounded in a shooting on a pedestrian bridge on Providence Road early Thursday morning.
Columbia Police were dispatched to the east end of the bridge at 12:54 a.m. in response to a report of seven to eight shots fired and a secondary report of a gunshot victim near Trinity and Pendleton streets.
The injured were treated at the University Hospital emergency room with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, the victims are:
- Male, 16 years old
- Male, 18 years old
- Male, 19 years old
- Female, 19 years old
Multiple shell casings and other items of evidence were located on the steps and walkway of the bridge. According to the release, a male shooter walked up to the group and fired multiple shots from a handgun without warning.
No arrests have been made at this time.
About 90 minutes before responding to the shooting, officers were dispatched to a large disturbance involving 50 to 75 people at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center on 301 N. Providence Road, according to the news release.
Officers found 15 to 20 people involved in a "physical disturbance," according to the release. Officers made three arrests for assault, peace disturbance by fighting, assault of a law enforcement officer and resisting or interfering with an arrest.
Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said she is unsure whether the shooting and the earlier disturbance are related.
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