UPDATE: Police arrest teen in shooting that injured two near Optimist Park

Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 10:04 a.m. CST; updated 8:04 a.m. CST, Monday, January 13, 2014
A Columbia Police Department officer walks inside an area taped off for investigators following a shooting at Forest Avenue and Grand avenues Saturday afternoon. Two men were shot and taken to local hospitals for treatment, police said.

COLUMBIA — Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect in a shooting Saturday that injured two men near Downtown Optimist Park, one block from Hickman High School.

Damerian Cheatum was arrested Saturday night in a traffic stop. The probable cause arrest was for two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, according to a police news release. There is an existing warrant for Cheatum's arrest in a domestic assault case.

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Columbia Police Department: 573-442-6131

Crime Stoppers: 573-875-8477


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About 2 p.m. Saturday, police were notified that a 19-year-old man had been shot near Forest and Grand avenues. The man was injured on his arm and side and was placed in an ambulance, Columbia police Sgt. Roger Allen said at the scene. The man was taken to University Hospital, according to fire and rescue dispatch logs.

About 20 minutes after the initial call, police were dispatched to the 300 block of Park De Ville Place, where they found the other victim. The 37-year-old man was shot during the same incident, but Allen said he left in a private vehicle. The victim was taken to a local hospital, according to a police news release.

After the police were initially dispatched to the scene of the shooting, they recovered 10 shell casings near a house at Forest and Grand, Allen said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Columbia Police Department, 573-442-6131, or Crime Stoppers, 875-TIPS (8477), to remain anonymous.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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