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One arrested for Douglass Park shooting

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Police arrested a 19-year-old for a shooting at Douglass Park on Friday night.

A news release from the Columbia Police Department said officers arrested Gerrod Taylor of Columbia just before 9 p.m. in the 3500 block of Zinnia Drive. The department suspects him of shooting a 33-year-old man at the park.

The department said it arrested Taylor on charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

The Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department and an ambulance responded to the park around 8:30 p.m. after multiple shots were fired.

Police said the shooting happened at the basketball courts while hundreds were gathered at the park for a Juneteenth celebration. However, organizers of the event told ABC 17 News the event ended an hour before the shooting took place.

Police said they found a man with a gunshot wound. That person was taken to the hospital and is stable, according to police.

A K-9 unit responded to the scene and more than 15 police vehicles were in the area, with some lined along Providence Road. Evidence markers were also placed on the ground as officers searched the area with flashlights.

Katie Greathouse

Katie Greathouse is the assistant news director for ABC 17 News.

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