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Suspect in shooting outside Columbia gas station arrested in Callaway County


Callaway County deputies arrested a 19-year-old Columbia man Thursday in connection with a shooting investigation, the sheriff's office says.

Deputies arrested Da'Marien Simmons on Thursday in the Millersburg area after being contacted by Columbia police, according to a release from the Callaway County Sheriff's Office. He was wanted on felony warrants for first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree assault and vehicle tampering.

Simmons was charged Thursday but the charges were initially sealed. He was arraigned Friday afternoon. Simmons is applying for a public defender. He was denied bond on Friday and a bond review is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, April 27.

Police say in court documents that surveillance video shows Simmons fire a gun outside a north Columbia gas station on Smiley Lane on Wednesday. That shooting caused minor injuries to an adult and two minors, police said at the time.

The probable cause statement states that when one of the shooting victims was speaking with EMS and police, officers found an intact bullet inside their shirt after they were shot in the forearm.

According to the probable cause statement, Simmons can be seen on security cameras approaching and confronting someone who was leaving the gas station, and soon after pulling a gun out of his waistband and firing.

The documents allege that Simmons hit the car he was shooting at several times.

Simmons was in the Boone County Jail on Friday morning with no bond.

Deputies arrested Simmons in the 1700 block of County Road 230, north of Millersburg, without incident, the release says. He was then given over to Columbia police.

Columbia has experienced a spate of gun violence this week, with at least three shootings in north Columbia.

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