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Family of shooting suspect’s home hit by morning gunfire

The family of a shooting suspect suffered gunshots to a car and their house early Wednesday morning.

Earnest Milo, Jr. found several bullet holes in his car, and one on his house in the 900 block of Garth Avenue before he left for work Wednesday. Milo, Jr. is the grandfather of 18-year-old Sirron Milo, suspected by Columbia police for shooting another teenager, Aric Lee, on Forest Avenue in late April.

While Earnest Milo, Jr. did not know if the shooting Wednesday was connected to the one in April, but said the recent spate of shootings nearby concerned him.

On May 13, three men were shot on Forest Avenue – just a block north of Milo’s home on Garth. So far, police arrested two men suspected of that shooting.

CPD said in a news release officers found multiple shell casings around the house during their investigation. Milo, Jr. said he thought he heard gunshots around 2 a.m., but did not see what the result of those bullets were until he tried leaving for work later that morning.

Earnest Milo said his grandson often visited him, but hardly ever stayed there.

Sirron Milo is in the Boone County Jail, charged with robbery, assault and armed criminal action. Milo pleaded not guilty to the charges on April 30.

The police department did not have any suspect description for the shooting on Garth Avenue, nor did they say whether they thought it and the shooting in late April were connected.

No one suffered physical injuries in the shooting, according to the department’s news release.

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