Columbia police investigate attempted armed robbery near Parkade Park

Saturday, January 4, 2014 | 4:11 p.m. CST; updated 10:43 a.m. CST, Sunday, January 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — Two teenage males were the victims of an attempted armed robbery in north Columbia early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a shots fired call at 1:47 a.m. in the area near Proctor Park. Officers found two 17-year-old males walking south from Parkade Park who reported they had been victims of an attempted robbery. 

The two victims said they were near a pavilion in the park when they were approached by two males in hooded sweatshirts, according to a press release from the Columbia Police Department. 

One of the suspects displayed a gun and demanded money. When the two victims said they didn't have any money, one was hit in the head several times with the gun. As the two victims fled the area, they said they heard gunshots being fired.

Officers located shell casings in the snow near the pavilion. The victim that was hit in the head had minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics, according to the police.

The two suspects are described as 16- to 18-year-old males wearing hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Columbia Police Department at 442-6131 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 to remain anonymous.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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