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Drive-by shootings damage local businesses

Friday, February 2, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:46 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Two large windows at the Albert-Buick-Honda-GMC dealership in central Columbia were shot out Friday afternoon, and employees who were inside the building at the time were cold but unfazed.

Around 1:10 p.m. two shots were fired into the glass windows at the car dealership at 1717 N. Providence Road, shattering the plate glass windows. “We heard two bangs and glass started falling,” said Ron Braselton, a sales consultant at the dealership.

Around the same time, a shot was fired at American General Financial Services, just around the corner at 1900 N. Providence, cracking one window. Employees said they heard the shots but didn’t see anything. No one was injured at either location.

Three shots were also fired into the windshield of a vehicle parked in the strip mall lot where American General is located.

“We believe the weapon was not a firearm, but a pellet or BB-type gun,” said Capt. Steven Monticelli of the Columbia Police Department. Monticelli said the damage was not consistent with what a firearm would cause. Police did not find any pellets or BBs, he said.

“We are hoping someone might have been in the area and seen what happened,” Monticelli said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CRIME STOPPERS at 875-8477.


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