A 17-year-old woman who was shot in the back while making her bed Sunday afternoon was airlifted to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Although investigators with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department were originally told that the woman, whose name was not disclosed, was shot by an intruder, Detective Tom Reddin said in a news release Sunday night that interviews and evidence in the case were inconsistent.
The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. at 501-A Mauller Road north of Columbia, Detective Mike Stubbs said. The assailant fled to the surrounding neighborhood and remained at large. Detectives canvassed the area throughout the afternoon in search of the shooter.
“I don’t think anyone’s in danger in the neighborhood or anything like that,” Stubbs said.
The victim was struck in the back, and the bullet did not exit, Stubbs said. The type of firearm used remained under investigation.
Detectives took three residents of the victim’s home, including a child, to the sheriff’s department for questioning. Stubbs would not release their names or the names of any potential suspects.
“We’ve just been trying to interview people in the house and get a rundown as to what was going on in there,” Stubbs said.
Officials at University Hospital declined to release any information on the victim’s status, but Stubbs said she was in “guarded, stable condition.” Reddin’s statement, released shortly before 7 p.m., said she remained in surgery.
Officers from the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia Police Department responded to the scene, as did volunteers from the Boone County Fire Protection District and paramedics from Boone Hospital Center.
Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hines of the Boone County Fire Protection District said sheriff’s deputies were the first to arrive at the shooting, followed by fire district volunteers, who provided medical care for the woman. Hines said that order of events is standard procedure.
“We want to make sure the scene is secure and we don’t become victims,” Hines said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 875-1111 or CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.