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One person arrested after shots fired near Plush Lounge in Columbia

Kendell Damar Harris
Kendell Damar Harris

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

UPDATE:

Columbia Police arrested 27-year-old Kendell Damar Harris, of Columbia, for armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to a press release, Harris has been booked into the Boone County Jail.

CPD responded to the area of the 900 block of East Business Loop 70 on Saturday at 12:15 a.m. after officers heard gunshots.

When officers arrived on scene, they saw Harris in the Plush Lounge parking lot shooting a firearm into a bush from a parked vehicle.

Officers immediately took Harris into custody.

During the investigation, officers found an unoccupied residence was damaged.

Police are investigating.

ORIGINAL:

One person has been detained by the Columbia Police Department after shots were fired in a parking lot near Plush Lounge in Columbia.

Lt. Gooch of the CPD said patrol in the area witnessed shots being fired and questioned individuals in the area.

Law enforcement is investigating after shots were fired near Plush Lounge early Saturday morning.
Law enforcement is investigating after shots were fired near Plush Lounge early Saturday morning.

Just after midnight, ABC 17 News crews said it heard around 15 gun shots near Business Loop 70 and Rangeline Street.

The Columbia Police Department put crime scene tape up around a black Chevy Tahoe and a Blue Chevy Camaro.

CPD located evidence of multiple shots being fired in the area and identified property damage from the shooting.

Angie Williams, who lives near the parking lot where shots were fired, says she was just getting home from work when she heard about 12 shots ring out.

"I couldn't get my keys in the door so I yelled to my son inside the house and right when he did [I heard] pop, pop, pop, pop," Williams said. "[I was] scared to death oh my god. I'm so lucky it was toward us or anything...it was so scary."

Once Williams and her son Sean were inside, they called police to notify them of the shooting. Williams said soon after calling, police were at the scene.

"It made me feel really good that the police were so quick," Williams said. "We heard the sirens while I was still on the phone with 9-1-1."

The Columbia Police Department put crime scene tape up around a black Chevy Tahoe and a Blue Chevy Camaro.

By 12:15 a.m., there were about 10 Columbia Police Department vehicles on the scene. Law enforcement had cleared the scene by 4 a.m.

According to CPD, no injuries have been reported.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 17 News for more information as it breaks.

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Zach Boetto

Zach Boetto anchors the weekend morning and weekday 9 a.m. & noon newscasts for ABC 17. You can find up-to-the-minute information on Zach’s social media, @ABC17Zach on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Meghan Drakas

Meghan joined ABC 17 News in January 2021.
The Penn State grad is from the Philadelphia suburbs where she interned with several local TV stations.

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  1. Just before this, police heard possible gunshots near Scott Blvd and Gillespie Bridge Road. A caller also reported shots fired in the area. But in Columbia this is not newsworthy.

    Let’s pretend we are professional journalists and embellish this story with some possibly fake details so the truth does not get in the way of a good story.

    Just after midnight, ABC 17 News crews were enjoying an alcohol fueled party at Club Vogue when they stepped outside for a smoke break and heard around 15 gun shots near Business Loop 70 and Rangeline Street.

    From the scanner at 12:12 am: 3Paul49 BREAK! Large amount of gunfire possibly from Plush.
    12:13 am Give us the channel. There are (more) shots fired! It’s in the parking lot of Plush!
    12:16 Officer: “I have the dude in my car with a rifle who I saw shooting.”

    All this was boring for the ABC17 crews compared to the excitement at Club Vogue, so they went back to their party.

    Callers also reported shots fired, a loud vehicle speeding off, and more shots fired at Rangeline and Blue Ridge. This happened about the same time the ABC17 crews were coming out of Club Vogue. There were not enough police to respond to this immediately.

    Except for TV news crews having alcohol fueled parties at Club Vogue, this is a pretty typical Friday night in Columbia.

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