COLUMBIA, Missouri- Boone County deputies and Columbia police have seen a surge in gun related violence in recent hours. ABC 17 reports there have been 10 calls so far this week between the two agencies and fugitives still on the run.
Broadway & Hitt Street: Columbia police were called to the area just before 11 p.m. for reports of gunshots. Officers at the scene told ABC 17 News people reported hearing shots behind a church in the area. Officers did not find any evidence of a shooting.
500 Cooper Drive: Officers were called to O’Reilly Auto Parts store around 8:32 p.m. in reference to a robbery involving a gun. Police said a man wearing a mask showed a gun and demanded money. He left the store on foot before police arrived. Authorities were unable to locate him after bringing in a K9.
Austin & Grand Avenue: Officers were dispatched to a shots heard call in the 200 block of Business Loop 70 east around 8 p.m. Officers found several shell casings in the area of Austin and Grand Avenue including one car that was damaged by gunfire.
At 8:39 p.m. Officers found a man with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Sixth Street. Police say both scenes are related to each other. When ABC 17 News was at the scene, at least 16 evidence markers could be seen on the ground. Highway Patrol also assisted in the investigation due to the busy night.
400 Block of Stadium Boulevard: Officers responded to the McDonald’s on Stadium Boulevard near the Columbia Mall around 6 p.m. Witnesses described seeing three black men in their early teens firing a handgun at a passing car. Witnesses told police they heard three to five shots and saw possible suspects running northeast. Police did not find any shell casings and there was no reported property damage.
Fir Place: Officers found shell casings on Fir Place off Lakeview Drive Friday morning. There was no property damage and no injuries reported.
3500 Clark Lane: Police responded to Creekwood Estates just before midnight in reference to an armed home invasion. Police say someone inside the home answered the door and two men forced their way into the home. Police said the suspects indicated they had a firearm.
4200 Bethany Drive: A 17-year-old was shot in the face after gunfire outside the home, according to deputies. Deputies say a bullet went through a living room window and hit the teen around 10 p.m.
300 Hitt Street: Around 11 a.m. Columbia police responded to the 300 block of Hitt Street in reference to a suicidal woman with a gun. A few buildings at the University of Missouri, which is located in the area, were put on lockdown at the time.
Police said the suicidal woman, was roaming on the campus after she abandoned her vehicle on Elm Street. Police found the woman just before 1 p.m. but said they didn’t find the gun that they believed was hers until 20 minutes later.
3900 Clark Lane: Columbia police responded to 3905 Clark Lane, Casey’s Convenience Store, for reports of gunshots around 8:30 a.m. Police said when they, arrived, they found multiple shell casings. They said after a preliminary investigation, they found that a silver vehicle drove up to another vehicle in the parking lot, and that the suspect, or suspects, inside the silver vehicle started shooting at the other.
3500 I-70 Drive Southeast: Columbia police responded to the 3500 block of I-70 Drive Southeast for reports of gunshots around 6 p.m. Police said they found one shell casing in the area. After the initial investigation, police believe that occupants of the two vehicles fired shots at each other.