Columbia police were searching for a man Monday afternoon after they said he shot a 19-year-old Columbia man in the back of the head early Saturday morning.
Eddie L. Jackson, 18, was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action after police said he shot Damorea Salisbury, of Columbia, during a disturbance involving 100 to 200 people in the parking lot of Break Time, 100 Smiley Lane.
Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said 40 to 50 people were in the parking lot when police responded to a call from a Break Time employee about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s not uncommon when bars let out, people loiter around outside parking lots and convenience stores before 1:30 a.m.,” Hammond said.
A witness standing about three feet away from Jackson saw him remove a handgun from his waistband, aim and shoot Salisbury in the back of the head, according to a probable cause statement signed by Columbia police Detective Bryan Liebhart.
The witness also said he heard several more shots while he quickly moved away from the scene of the shooting, but it is unclear whether those shots came from the same gun.
“Salisbury was in a medically induced coma at a Columbia Hospital Monday afternoon,” Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Hicks said.
Police did not release details Monday of why Salisbury was shot.
“We can’t go into motive yet; the case is still ongoing,” Hammond said. “We’re still talking to people trying to find out what led up to this.”
Salisbury’s former roommate, Carlos Kelly, was beaten to death last year in his west Columbia home. Three men were charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with Kelly’s slaying. Charges against one man were dropped after a witness recanted their statement. Travis Midgyett’s trial on charges of first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree murder was scheduled for July 31. A Boone County jury was unable to reach a verdict after Midgyett’s first trial in March. Rodney Cunningham was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery by a Boone County jury and was scheduled to be sentenced June 11.
“There is no connection right now between the two incidents,” Hammond said.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about the shooting or Jackson’s whereabouts call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.