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Columbia man charged with murder in shooting outside White Castle

Columbia police investigate a shooting at a White Castle on Clark Lane on Friday, May 17, 2024.
Columbia police investigate a shooting at a White Castle on Clark Lane on Friday, May 17, 2024.


A Columbia man was charged Tuesday with four felonies including murder in a deadly Friday shooting outside a White Castle restaurant.

Antione L. Armstrong is accused of firing the shots that killed another man in a shooting after a fight. Prosecutors filed second-degree murder, illegal gun possession, armed criminal action and drug distribution charges against Armstrong.

His name did not show up among current Boone County Jail inmates.

Armstrong was shot during a fight on Friday in the parking lot outside the restaurant at 3401 Clark Lane, according to a probable cause statement. Armstrong had met another man in the parking lot before the fight. A witness told investigators that he saw the other person -- Louis W. Hart, 56, who died Friday at a hospital -- shoot at Armstrong after Armstrong threw a punch, according to the probable cause statement.

Another witness said Armstrong went down to the ground after being shot and that Hart then shot him a few more times. Armstrong returned fire from his prone position, the statement says.

Investigators later recovered a backpack belonging to Armstrong that had oxycodone pills, marijuana and about $3,000 in cash.

Jayden McGerald, 20, of Columbia was charged Monday with evidence tampering for allegedly trying to hide Armstrong's gun.

Armstrong's bond was denied. A police release last week said the man who survived the shooting was paralyzed from the waist down but it did not name Armstrong.

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