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Columbia man arrested in connection with shooting linked to burglary

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 3:18 p.m. CDT; updated 5:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — The suspect in a shooting on Wednesday that left a local man hospitalized has also been identified as a suspect in an attempted armed robbery and an armed burglary on Old Ridge Road that occurred the same day.

Justin Campbell, 29, of Columbia, was arrested around 4 p.m. Wednesday in Fulton on charges of first-degree assault with a to-be-set bond, second-degree assault with a $4,500 bond, and unlawful use of a weapon with a to-be-set bond, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

According to the Police Department, Campbell is suspected to have struck a 54-year-old man on the head with a butt of a gun around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at 1813 Gordon Street after demanding money from the man.

Then, around noon Wednesday, police officers were sent to University Hospital because of reports of a victim with three gunshot wounds to the torso, according to the release. The victim, Beau Leach, 31, told police Campbell came to his home at 1705 Oak Cliff Place, where they got into an argument and Campbell shot him, according to the release. 

On Thursday afternoon, a hospital representative said Leach was no longer a patient at the hospital.

Jill Schlude, spokeswoman for the Police Department, said Wednesday that police think the shooting might have been related to methamphetamine.

Also on Wednesday, Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a call from the 3000 block of Old Ridge Road, where a man knocked on the door, asked for water for his car radiator, then forced himself inside, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

The man, who had a pistol, demanded cash and valuables from two maids and left with money, a laptop and an iPad, according to the release.

Sheriff's deputies have linked Campbell to the burglary, and the incident is under continued investigation, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Alison Matas.


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