Two overnight shootings in Columbia leave one man injured

Saturday, July 5, 2014 | 5:06 p.m. CDT; updated 8:08 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — One man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in one of two shootings in Columbia on Friday night and early Saturday.

Around 7:16 p.m., two men open fired at several people sitting under the pavilion in the middle of Downtown Optimist Park, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

When police arrived, they found 29 shell casings at the scene.

Originally, no injuries were reported. But around 9 p.m., a local hospital notified police that a victim with gunshot wounds had arrived in a personal vehicle. Police confirmed that the victim was injured in the shooting at the park.

Police did not disclose the victim's name Saturday.

The suspects were still at large, department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in an email, and the investigation was ongoing.

Police responded to a second shooting at the 5300 block of Currituck Lane at 4:24 a.m.

A witness saw a man wearing a loose-fitting shirt shooting at a residence, according to a news release.

The suspect then ran north on Currituck. Police found seven shell casings at the scene and damage to the residence, according to the release. No one was injured.

Two groups exchanged fire on the same block of Currituck on June 25, according to previous Missourian reporting. No one was injured in that incident.

Police have no information that suggests the shootings on Friday night and Saturday morning are related, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call the Columbia Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 to remain anonymous.

Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski.

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