Boone County Sheriff's Office investigates early morning gunfire

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 4:46 p.m. CDT; updated 12:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

*CORRECTION: The headline on an earlier version of this article misstated the agency investigating the shooting.

COLUMBIA — A man was hospitalized after shots were fired early Monday at Rocky Fork Drive.

The man, 46, wasn't injured by the gunfire but was taken to University Hospital by ambulance for what Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department described only as a pre-existing injury.

The man was walking along the 5500 block of Rocky Fork Drive just after midnight when he heard gunfire, O'Sullivan said. The man noticed a moving vehicle shortly before the shooting, although O'Sullivan said it wasn't clear from where the shots were fired.

"He started hearing gunshots and hit the ground," O'Sullivan said, recounting the man's words. "He didn't know who shot at him or why anyone would want to."

The Sheriff's Department recovered several shell casings on the ground, in addition to a bullet that struck a house. O'Sullivan said that a bullet might have hit a tree and ricocheted, but he was unsure where.

O'Sullivan said it was unclear whether the shooters were in the car or whether the incident was gang related.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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