Two men have been arrested on suspicion of an armed assault that occurred in the area of Providence Road and Business Loop 70 at 12:40 a.m. Monday.
Michael D. Watson and Roosevelt Carter have been arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. Carter has also been arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action. Both men were held at the Boone County Jail on $200,000 bonds Monday night.
According to police reports, the victims, a male and female, both of Columbia, were stopped at a traffic light when two vehicles pulled up behind them. Someone then exited one of the vehicles and entered the back seat of the victims’ vehicle, firing a gun toward the front seat.
The male victim, who was in the passenger’s seat, attempted to exit the vehicle but got caught on the car door and was dragged a short distance. When he freed himself, the victim proceeded to run toward the Break Time convenience store on Nebraska Avenue with assailants from one of the two vehicles chasing him.
In the pursuit, the victim was shot in the shoulder. When the victim reached the door of the convenience store, the assailants caught him, threatened his life and hit him in the head with a bottle before fleeing from the area.
Sgt. Steven Monticelli said the male victim, who has been released from a local hospital, has been involved in other shootings.
The female victim was held at gunpoint and released after reaching the Millersburg exit of Interstate 70.
When police arrived at Providence Road and Business Loop 70, they located one of the cars involved in the assault and took three suspects into custody. Police recovered a semiautomatic handgun that Capt. Brad Nelson said he thinks is the weapon that was used to shoot the male victim. Nelson also said other suspects are being sought.
“We feel comfortable that we know who the other parties responsible for this assault are, and I expect further arrests soon,” he said.