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UPDATE: Suspect arrested in connection to shots fired at Douglass Park

Sunday, June 29, 2014 | 5:05 p.m. CDT; updated 11:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 29, 2014
Columbia Police Department officers photograph two shell casings and a bicycle where shots were reportedly fired at Douglass Park around noon on Sunday. Police interviewed bystanders about what they saw, but had no luck finding leads, according to Officer Maria Phelps.

COLUMBIA — A suspect was arrested in connection to a shots fired incident at Douglass Park on Sunday morning.

Anthony Prince admitted to having a handgun and firing at least three shots in the park after being robbed, according to a news release from Columbia Police Department Sgt. Robert Dochler.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the park at around 11:30 a.m. They taped off an area of the parking lot near the pavilion on the park's north side, where officers found two cartridge casings and a bicycle.

No victim was located, according to the release.

After "cooperating citizens" helped identify Prince, police found him at the Midway Budget Inn, 6401 U.S. 40.

Investigators using surveillance video identified a gold Cadillac at the hotel as the same one that reportedly left the scene of the shooting.

Police searched Prince's hotel room and found evidence corroborating the crime, according to the release. He was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski.

 


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