Two victims, a man and a woman, sustained non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting Friday night, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

Police responded to a report of a disturbance at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday on the 2900 block of Northland Drive.

Officers located evidence of a shooting, which led them to two victims and several witnesses. A woman was assaulted, and a man was struck by a bullet fragment in the leg.

The victims identified the suspect as George Jonathan Vanwart, 37, of Columbia, according to the release. He was arrested for first-degree domestic violence, first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Vanwart has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail.

Numerous agencies, including the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the MU Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Boone County Fire Protection District and the Boone County Joint Communications, assisted with the search and apprehension of Vanwart, who had fled into a wooded area prior to officers arrival.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or, to remain anonymous, CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) .

  • I'm an assistant city editor. This is my junior year at MU, where I study investigative reporting and political science. Interests include local journalism, breakfast food and good books. Email cectx9@mail.missouri.edu with any story tips.

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