Gunshots wreak havoc on day care center

Thursday, April 7, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Shots fired at a moving vehicle on Allen Street hit a residential day care several times Wednesday afternoon, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said in a news release.

Police said there were children in the backyard of the day care at the time of the shooting. Officers responding to the incident at 4:25 p.m. located numerous shell casings and discovered that the day care on the corner of Allen Street and Lasalle Place had been hit.

The shots were fired from a handgun at a vehicle traveling east on Allen by a group at the corner of LaSalle Place, according to the release.

Police said witnesses described the gunman as a 6-foot male in his late teens to early 20s. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt and beige pants with blue under shorts.

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