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Man arrested, charged after one person shot on Lincoln Drive early Wednesday morning


Columbia police confirmed one person has been arrested after a shooting in Central Columbia early Wednesday morning.

Jeremiah Johnson, 18, was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond, according to jail records. A court date has not been set.

Police responded to the 200 block of Lincoln Drive just after 1 a.m. for a shots-fired call. CPD spokesman Brian McNeill said when officers arrived, they found one man shot. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, a press release from the Columbia Police Department says.

Two men were originally detained in connection to the shooting, McNeill said.

Damage was reported to one vehicle and crime scene tape was blocking off the area, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing, and the department urges anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

According to the probable cause statement, officers arrived to the area around 1 a.m. Wednesday and found a victim with a gunshot wound. Officers also found shell casings in the 400 block of McBaine Avenue, court documents say.

Police also found a gun near a Jeep Compass that was registered to Johnson, court documents say. The gun had the same caliber as the shell casings found on McBain Avenue, according to court documents. Johnson was arrested on Park Avenue.

Another person had allegedly told police that he and Johnson went to Lincoln Drive and the man went behind a tree to urinate, according to the probable cause statement. The man allegedly told police he heard gunshots afterwards. Johnson had allegedly told the man that someone shot at him and he fired back, the statement says.

The man allegedly told police that Johnson lost the keys to his vehicle and they were looking for them in the area.

Johnson allegedly told police that he was with his girlfriend and the man, and that he tried to contact a redacted name over an argument, the probable cause statement says. Johnson allegedly told police that he was shot at while walking down Lincoln Drive, and fired back, court documents say.

Police reviewed video footage, which allegedly showed a man getting out of building, take a few steps north and then multiple shots could be heard, the statement says. That person then allegedly fell down, got back up and went back into his apartment. It’s not immediately clear in the probable cause statement if that man was involved in the shooting.

According to a second probable cause statement, a woman heard banging on her front door around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and saw Johnson and a woman who she didn’t know. The woman had apparently wanted to fight the woman at the residence, the statement says.

Johnson then allegedly sat in his vehicle, held a gun, but did not fire it then, the statement says. A witness also allegedly told police that she saw Johnson hold the gun while in the vehicle on Tuesday afternoon. One of the women was allegedly able to show police a photo from Johnson’s Instagram account that showed the gun, the statement says.

The witness allegedly told police that Johnson threatened to come back to the area and “shoot this place,” according to the statement.

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