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Second man identified for alleged connection to shooting in southeast Columbia


A Columbia man has been accused for his alleged involvement in an October shooting at the roundabout at Nifong Boulevard and Sinclair Road.

Semaj Clark, 22, is accused of first-degree assault, armed-criminal action, fourth-degree assault, operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license and operating a motor vehicle in a careless manner.

Clark is not in custody, a court date has not been set and no bond has been set. Court records do not indicate if a warrant has been signed yet.

This comes after Derrick Blackmon, 22 was arrested in February. He was charged in November in connection with the same shooting. Blackmon, of Columbia, is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond. A preliminary hearing for Blackmon is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

The probable cause statement says a police officer was sitting in the Mill Creek Elementary School parking lot on Oct. 14 when he heard four gunshots.

Police found Clark with a gunshot wound to his back, and four shell casings nearby. Police also found a silver BMW and black Ford Fusion with damage, indicating the cars had been involved in a crash, according to the statement.

Clark allegedly told police he was driving when he saw the Ford swerving, causing him to speed up and discover what was happening. He then said he heard gunshots and collided with the vehicle. Shortly after, he recalls climbing out of the passenger side of the BMW after being shot, and saw a person running away.

A witness had a dashboard camera in their vehicle that caught part of the incident. She allegedly. told police that she saw a black car traveling up to 80 miles per hour, followed by a BMW that sped past as well.

The witness claims they saw the BMW purposefully drive over the median and crash into a black car. After, they allegedly saw a shooting but was unable to tell which vehicle the shooter came from.

An officer obtained a search warrant for the event recorder from both vehicles involved in the crash.

According to the probable cause statement, five seconds before the crash, the Ford Fusion was traveling more than 108 miles per hour. That vehicle was later found to be registered to Blackmon.

Clark allegedly told police he was driving the BMW, along with two other people in the car.

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Nia Hinson


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