Columbia police arrested one person after the shooting death of a minor, the department said in a news release Sunday.
Just before midnight Saturday, emergency crews were called to the 4400 block of Rice Road for reports of a shooting. Officers found a 13-year-old male with a gunshot wound. The minor was taken to a local trauma center, according to police, where he died around 4 a.m. Sunday.
Cameron White, 19, of Columbia, was arrested on Orchard Lane on charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, police say. According to online police records, police arrested White around 8:45 a.m. Sunday.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man who has been taken from them and our community much too early,” Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said in the statement.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
According to Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark, the victim of the schooting was a student at Oakland Middle School. Baumstark also said there are counselors available for students and staff of the school.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of one of our students last night. Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student. We have notified our Oakland Middle School families and will have counselors available for our students and staff as we all grieve the loss of a young child. The school district is cooperating with law enforcement officials as they continue the investigation into the incident.