UPDATE: 44 Stone House restaurant damaged in shooting early Sunday

Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 6:55 p.m. CST; updated 8:50 a.m. CST, Monday, January 13, 2014
A bullet left a hole in the wall of the manager's office at 44 Stone Public House in south Columbia following a shooting early Sunday morning.

*This story has been updated with additional details about the shooting incident.

COLUMBIA — A waitress at 44 Stone Public House grill at 3910 Peachtree Drive was in the linen closet of the restaurant's private dining room when a bullet shattered the window.

Marti Hancook said she was standing just 3 feet from the 8 feet by 6 feet double-pane window when she heard a "pop." She said she saw shattered glass fall to the floor and thought an object had been thrown through the window. 

Not realizing what had happened, Hancook said she jumped through the "confetti of glass" and out the window.

Shouting and shaking her fist, she cursed at a man who was standing near the entrance of the restaurant's driveway and asked him what he was doing, she said. The man shouted something back and jumped into the passenger side of a dark vehicle before the car sped away, Hancook said.

Treven Smith, bartender and manager at the restaurant, called the police and the owner of 44 Stone Public House a little after midnight Sunday. Police dispatch information lists the shots fired call at 12:10 a.m., but Smith said it took about 30 minutes for officers to arrive.

Police were dispatched to 3908 Peachtree Drive — the address of Southside Pizza and Pub across the parking lot from 44 Stone House — after receiving reports that multiple shots were fired. A police news release said several vehicles were seen driving from the scene, but no suspect information was available. No injuries were reported.

After the incident, Hancook said restaurant employees inspected the window and room. They believed an object was thrown through the window until one of the kitchen staff walked over to a burgundy-colored wall, pointed to a small, round hole and asked, "Has that always been there?"

That's when they found out that a bullet had entered the restaurant.

Dave Faron, co-owner of 44 Stone House, said the bullet from a .45-caliber weapon went through the window and wall of the private dining room before it hit a tan five-tiered bookshelf in his office. 

Police officers told Faron there were eight or nine shell casings from .45- and .38-caliber weapons that were found in the parking lot, he said.

"These bullets were a little too close for comfort," said Faron, who often witnesses fights and other aggressive behavior in the parking lot between his restaurant and the Southside Pizza and Pub. Even while police were collecting evidence from the shooting, officers dealt with a fight in the Southside parking lot.

He said he plans to talk to the other business owners in the area about what they can do to limit the violence.

The incident on Peachtree was the second report of shots fired this weekend. Police responded to a shooting around 2 p.m. in which two men were injured only a block from Hickman High School. The suspect in that incident was later arrested.

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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