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Man charged after weekend shooting in downtown Columbia


Prosecutors charged a 30-year-old Columbia man in connection with a shooting that happened downtown over the weekend.

Prosecutors charged Chad Thomas with assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, kidnapping and resisting arrest.

Police said it happened around 12:41 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Tenth and Broadway.

Officers said a man with a gunshot wound to the hip and right arm was taken to the hospital. Investigators said they also found several shell casings in the area.

Court documents said that a sergeant saw a man get into a car and leave the scene.

Officers later found and tried to stop the suspect vehicle. According to court documents, the chase ended near Santa Barbara when the suspect, later identified as Thomas, got out of the car and ran.

Police said they were told Thomas got into the vehicle with a gun and yelled at the driver to drive and would not let the driver stop.

Officers said they searched the vehicle and found Thomas' ID. They went to Thomas' home on Santa Barbara Drive and found Thomas, according to court documents.

Chad Lee Thomas

Court records show Thomas has prior felony convictions and can't have a gun.

An arraignment was held Monday afternoon and a bond investigation was ordered. Online court records show hearings were scheduled in the case for Sept. 9 and Sept. 23.

An attorney was not listed for Thomas.

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Katie Greathouse

Katie Greathouse is the assistant news director for ABC 17 News.


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