Record reward offered for tips on Columbia area gunfire

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 6:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Crimestoppers is offering a record $2,000 reward in July for credible information relating to a recent series of gunfire incidents in Columbia and Boone County.

“This is unprecedented for our organization,” said Bill Costello, president of the Crimestoppers Board of Directors, in a news release. “These are criminals we need to get off the streets. And at the end of the day, we’re willing to pay a large reward if that’s what it takes.”

Since June 9, there were 31 shots-fired incidents in the region, according to police dispatch records. Some notable incidents since July 1 include:

Costello said in the release that the typical Crimestoppers payout is in the hundreds of dollars.

"But with the seriousness of these particular incidents and the frequency with which they have been occurring, we’re willing to take extraordinary measures,” he said.

To contact Crimestoppers, call 875-8477. All callers are guaranteed anonymity, and Crimestoppers will not ask for any personal information.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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