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Sunday shooting marks at least seventh in Columbia in 17 days

A shooting Sunday night continues the rash of violence in Columbia.

Columbia police confirmed with ABC 17 News that shots were fired shortly before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Silver Mill and N. Burning Bush Drive. Authorities searched the area and talked to people nearby for more than an hour after the incident.

One car was towed from the area while police investigated, but it is not clear if this was related to the shooting.

The shooting is at least the seventh in Columbia in 17 days, but only the second in which nobody was killed. There have been other calls about shots fired in Columbia, but authorities have not yet confirmed those.

Here is a summary of the confirmed gun violence since Sept. 13:

Sept. 13: One person was killed and another was injured on Forest and Grand.
Sept. 14: One person was killed on Park and 5th.
Sept. 18: One person was killed on James Dale Road.
Sept. 22: Two people were killed on McKee and Rice.
Sept 23: Shots were fired on McKee and Rice.
Sept. 25: One person was killed on McBaine.
Sept. 29: Shots were fired on Silver Mill and N. Burning Bush.

Last week, Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones and City of Columbia Mayor Brian Treece held a press conference to address the recent shootings. They said understaffing in the police department is forcing many to work overtime.

According to authorities, September has seen the greatest number of homicides in a single month since 2000.

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