COLUMBIA — A 18-year-old man was shot in the leg Friday morning as he was taking out the trash in east Columbia.
It was the sixth reported instance of shootings in the area so far this month.
The 18-year-old victim told officers that he had stepped outside his duplex on the 4300 block of Santa Barbara around 10 a.m. when a man appeared and began firing a handgun, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
The victim was shot in his left calf. The assailant was described as wearing dark clothing and had dreadlocks.
The incident comes a day after the Columbia Police Department introduced a Columbia Ceasefire Initiative that will systematically pursue information about violent individuals in the area. The sheriff's department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are partners in the initiative.
"Obviously the guy that committed this shooting didn't hear about the initiative," Detective Tom O'Sullivan said. "Announcing an initiative in and of itself isn’t going to solve anything. It has to be effectively implemented."