No injuries in early morning residential shooting

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 1:07 p.m. CST; updated 2:32 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

*Update: The story was updated to include information about the residents' reactions to the shooting.

COLUMBIA — Several gunshots were fired early Wednesday morning into a southwest Columbia residence that had four people inside, including two children. No one was injured.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia Police Department responded to reports of shots fired at 1 a.m. at the residence on the 4300 block of Bethany Drive. They found shell casings from a semi-automatic weapon and bullet holes on the front of the residence, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and then seeing a vehicle travel west on Bethany Drive before turning south on Scott Boulevard.

Detective Tom O’Sullivan of the sheriff’s department said the residents did not know who was shooting at them.

“They told us that they were unaware of why anybody would want to do this and that they weren’t having any problems with anyone,” O’Sullivan said.

CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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Skip Yates March 6, 2013 | 6:02 p.m.

How did they determine it was a "semi-automatic" weapon?

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