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Columbia man accused in October shooting is indicted


A man accused in an October shooting at a roundabout in south Columbia has been indicted by a grand jury.

Derrick Blackmon, 22, is charged with first-degree assault, armed-criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and leaving the scene of an accident. He is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond. His next court date has not been listed.

Blackmon is accused of being involved in a shooting on Oct. 14 at Nifong Boulevard and Sinclair Road -- the intersection where Woodcrest Chapel church and Mill Creek Elementary School are located. He was charged in November and arrested in February.

A Columbia police officer was sitting in the school parking lot that evening when he heard about four gunshots and found two crashed vehicles -- a silver BMW and a black Ford Fusion -- at the roundabout, according to a probable cause statement.

A witness who had a dash camera in their vehicle captured the crash and showed the shooting and a person running from the scene. A detective identified Blackmon as the man who ran from the scene with a gun after the shooting, according to the statement.

A second man was recently identified to be connected to the shooting. Semaj Clark, 22, of Columbia, is charged with first-degree assault, armed-criminal action, fourth-degree assault, operating a vehicle on a highway without a license and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.

Clark is not in custody, a court date has not been set and a $100,000 bond has been set. 

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