Police respond to three gun-related incidents

Saturday, December 15, 2012 | 11:48 a.m. CST; updated 3:24 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police responded to three separate gun-related incidents within a 12-hour span from Friday night to Saturday morning.

Two armed robberies took place at West Ash Street gas stations, and officers responded to a shots-fired call, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The first incident occurred around 8 p.m. Friday, according to the news release. A suspect armed with a handgun robbed the Break Time at 2101 West Ash St., fleeing in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money . Columbia Police attempted a K-9-assisted search but were unsuccessful. There was no video surveillance available at the time the news release was sent.  No arrests have been made.

Police responded to a shots-fired call at 2:15 a.m. near the 1300 block of Brown School Road, according to the news release. At the scene, officers found two shell casings in front of 1406 Raleigh Drive. Witnesses told police that two cars, one black, one silver, were seen leaving the neighborhood after the shots were heard. There have been no arrests.

At 5:51 a.m. officers responded to an armed robbery at the Phillips 66 at 2200 West Ash St. The suspect displayed a gun to the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect fled westbound on foot. No video surveillance was available, and no arrests had been made at the time of the news release.

It was unclear whether the two robberies on West Ash Street were connected, according to the news release. Investigations of all three incidents are ongoing.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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