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UPDATE: Columbia police investigate homicide after man found shot Thursday

Friday, January 3, 2014 | 8:27 a.m. CST; updated 3:37 p.m. CST, Friday, January 3, 2014

*This article has been updated to include the identity of the victim.

COLUMBIA — A 23-year-old man died early Friday morning after being shot Thursday night in what police are investigating as a homicide.

The victim, identified as Dontay Tolston of Columbia, was found at his home, police said.

Columbia police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Newton Drive, northwest of Interstate 70 and Providence Road, at 11:33 p.m. Thursday after a shots-fired call and found a man lying on the floor with a gunshot wound, according to a police statement. A woman had found Tolston when she arrived at the residence.

Tolston was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 4 a.m.

Officer Latisha Stroer said police do not think the homicide is related to other recent shootings.

The investigation is continuing. Police ask that anyone with information regarding the case call the Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.


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