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Two people charged with Jefferson City shooting near gas station

leandre williams
Cole County Jail
Leandre Williams, 19, is one of two people charged with a Jefferson City shooting that sent an 18-year-old woman to the hospital on Wednesday, March 11.
Jaquan Whirley
Cole County Jail
Jaquan Whirley, 17, is charged with a Jefferson City shooting that happened in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street on Wednesday, March 11.


Cole County prosecutors charged two people accused of a Jefferson City shooting that happened near a gas station at the roundabout at Jefferson Street and Stadium Boulevard last Wednesday.

Jefferson City Police Department spokesman Lt. David Williams said 19-year-old Leandre Williams and 17-year-old Jaquan Whirley were arrested on suspicion of the shooting in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street. Online court records show Williams and Whirley face charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, as well as armed criminal action.

The police department said Whirley was arrested on Friday and Williams was arrested Monday.

Officers said an 18-year-old woman was taken to a Columbia hospital after the shooting. A release shows she had a gunshot wound to the back.

According to the news release the police department sent out Tuesday morning, officers found a gun at Williams' residence after a search. Police said he denied being involved with the shooting.

The news release shows Williams was placed at the scene of the shooting by GPS tracking data. Officers say he was under GPS monitoring as part of a pre-trial release for alleged crimes that happened in December 2019.

Williams probable cause statement said he and several others in an SUV followed the 18-year-old woman after she left a gas station near the location of the shooting. The woman allegedly told police she heard gunshots shortly after leaving and then reported feeling pain in her back.

Police say security camera footage from two gas stations near the area of the alleged shooting shows the SUV following the woman's vehicle in the roundabout at Jefferson and Stadium.

The court document said another person suspected of the shooting allegedly told police Williams fired at the woman.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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