Police rule out link between downtown shooting and assault

Friday, June 21, 2013 | 6:27 p.m. CDT; updated 11:44 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — An assault outside the Blue Fugue last Friday is not connected to the shooting that occurred about an hour later, Columbia police said in a news release Friday. 

The assault took place outside the Blue Fugue, 120 S. Ninth St., about 11:30 p.m. last Friday, the club's manager, Spencer Pearson, told the Missourian. He said a patron of the club was "jumped" while outside smoking a cigarette. The patron ran back into the venue, and the club's bouncer prevented the assailants from following him inside. 

The shooting at Tenth Street and Broadway in which two 23-year-old men and one 19-year-old man were wounded — none seriously — took place about an hour after the assault outside the Blue Fugue. 

In the release Friday, police also said the Criminal Investigations Division had interviewed the person who captured video of the shooting and determined he or she was not involved. The person was filming the crowd at the street corner because a fight seemed imminent, the release states. This person, who was not identified, had no prior knowledge of the incident and was not involved in the shooting, police said. 

Sgt. Joe Bernhard said the release was meant to dispel rumors that had been circulating in the media that the person who recorded the video had prior knowledge of the shooting, or that the filming had been intentional and part of a gang initiation. 

The police have not released any suspect information and said the investigation was ongoing. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

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