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Witness speaks out about car crash, shooting in south Columbia


The Columbia Police Department is investigating a shooting and car crash that happened on Friday in south Columbia.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Sinclair Road and West Nifong Boulevard around 9 p.m on Friday. CPD reports that officers in the area heard what appeared to be four shots. Responding officers located a car accident involving two vehicles at the roundabout.

CPD officers located a man with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. CPD officers, and Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies provided medical attention until EMS transported the victim to a local hospital.

Columbia resident Jayson Mather, drove by the accident before the Columbia Police Department was able to close down the roundabout.

"I saw a car exiting the roundabout and another car looked like it drove over the median and hit him from behind," Mather said. "There were two people standing and a cop was checking someone laying down. I thought they were dead at first but then they moved a little."

"I was worried the person was dead," Mather said, "So I was like I don't want to see that."

Mather, a University of Missouri student, said seeing incidents like that and hearing about other gun-related incidents makes him nervous about going out.

"It's a little scary because sometimes in downtown you see things like this where places have been shot up a couple of times, so going to the bars is always a little scary, but I think it's only happened a couple of times," said Mather.

The Columbia Police Department said they do not have any suspect information to release at this time. CPD is asking for the public's help. If you have any information relating to this incident CPD asks that you call the department at 573-875-7652, or at Crimestoppers at 573-875-8477.

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Marina Diaz

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