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Neighbors: Columbia shooting suspect and slain teen were friends


Columbia police arrested a teenager in the shooting death of another teen late Monday.

Officers arrested Shawn P. Long, 18, in connection with the death of Roberto A. Lauer, 18, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release.

A Boone County prosecutor has charged Long with armed criminal action and first-degree involuntary manslaughter. Long has a $250,000 cash-only bond. He is still in Boone County Jail.

CPD responded to the 5400 block of Irma Drive just before 10 p.m. Monday for a report of a person who had been shot.

Shawn P. Long

Once officers arrived on the scene, they found Lauer, who had been shot. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors spoke with ABC 17 News and say they aren't exactly sure what happened but Lauer was a good kid. People around the duplex said they heard what sounded like tumbling down the stairs around the time of the shooting.

Neighbors say Lauer and Long were best friends and that Lauer lived in the home with his grandmother, siblings and cousin.

ABC 17 News crews saw CPD officers searching the front and back of the house with flashlights. They were also seen looking into a car parked in the driveway of the home. Police were seen taking photos inside the second floor of the house as well as inside the garage.

CPD Officers investigating inside garage along Irma Drive.

Police cleared the scene just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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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.



  1. Tragedy. From the Police and EMS scanners:

    At 9:51 pm Police Dispatcher: sends three officers and a sergeant, “GSW (gunshot would), 5405 Irma Drive…We have one caller only, fire and medics are enroute, young caller.” A fire truck and ambulance were simultaneously dispatched.

    A county sheriff’s deputy was closer to this address and CPD asked her to respond to get their faster.

    At 9:54 pm, Boone County Sherriff Deputy: “I just arrived.” (pretty fast response time)

    9:54 pm Fire Dispatcher to fire truck: “You are responding …for 18-year-old male, conscious and breathing, who has been shot, the suspect has left …”

    Officer asks for an update, Police Dispatcher: “Caller thinks that the shooting was an accident. The person who shot him got scared and left. There was a black handgun. Doesn’t want to provide the name or information of the shooter. County is on scene.”

    Deputy asks dispatch for a better address. Many sirens of CPD, fire, and EMs approaching the scene in the background.

    At 9:56 pm, CPD Officer: “I got a 20ish year old male, GSW to the chest. I also need someone to bring a trauma kit with a chest seal (airtight bandage, typically with a one-way air valve, to stop sucking chest wounds).

    Fire Department Command: “2159 Traumatic Arrest.”

    Police Chief Jeff Jones, radio call sign One Adam One, went to the scene.

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