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Man shot in vehicle on Columbia street

EDITOR'S NOTE: The victim's age, which was incorrect because of a source error, has been corrected.


A man was shot in east-central Columbia on Wednesday and police closed off a street to investigate.

A 34-year-old Black man was shot multiple times while driving in the 900 block of Old 63 North, Columbia Police Department Sgt. Robert Fox said. The man was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police closed off part of an east-central Columbia street early Tuesday afternoon.

Police closed the road from McAlister Street to Gordon Street, according to an alert from emergency dispatchers. A large area in front of a commercial building in the 900 block of Old 63 North was blocked off with crime scene tape and evidence markers were placed on the ground.

About a dozen emergency vehicles were at the scene.

A witness told ABC 17 News that the shooting started when two vehicles stopped on the road next to each other and the drivers began yelling at each other. The shooting victim pulled out a gun first, the witness said, and then the other driver pulled out a gun before shots were exchanged. The witness said about six shots were fired.

A man in the victim's car got out and yelled for help before getting into another vehicle, the witness said.

Police say it is unknown if the two men fighting knew each other or if the passenger who was in the victims car knew the person he got into the vehicle with.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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