Police: I-70 crash linked to possible Columbia shooting

Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 7:16 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Thursday morning crash on Interstate 70 has led police to investigate a possible shooting between Hendrix Drive and North Lake of the Woods Road.

Columbia police were dispatched at 1:14 a.m. Thursday to an accident near the 128-mile marker on the eastbound side of I-70. A witness described a westbound vehicle crossing through the median, breaking through the median cables and continuing to drive west in the eastbound lane, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. No other vehicles were involved. 

Police found the broken median cables lying across the eastbound lane, but they did not find the vehicle.

At 1:32 a.m., a Boone County Sheriff’s Department deputy found a vehicle at the intersection of Hospital and Monk drives that police suspected was the vehicle involved in the crash, Columbia Officer Latisha Stroer said. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued toward a hospital emergency room, according to the release. Police would not confirm which hospital, though authorities found the vehicle on the same block as University Hospital.

The woman who drove the vehicle to the hospital said a man with multiple gunshot wounds and gunshot damage to his car had arrived at her house so she drove him to the emergency room, Stroer said. The shooting victim, who police said had crashed through the I-70 median before he arrived at the house, did not have life-threatening injuries.

The shooting victim was not cooperative with police, according to the release.

Police determined that the shooting occurred somewhere between Hendrix Drive and Jake's Bar and Grill at 5695 Clark Lane, just west of Lake of the Woods Road. Police found no evidence of a shooting at Jake's or on I-70.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

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