Multiple shots fired calls in Columbia overnight
Columbia Police are searching for suspects in two separate instances of gunfire that injured a man and damaged property Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Police say the first incident happened at Downtown Optimist Park at 100 East Forest Avenue. When they arrived at 7:16 p.m., witnesses told police there were several people sitting under the pavilion in the middle of the park when two people began shooting at the people sitting under the pavilion.
Officers located 29 shell casings at the scene. Police say there were no reports of anyone injured.
At 9:00 p.m., however, a local hospital told police that they were treating a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arriving at the hospital, police discovered the man was a victim from the shots fired at the Downtown Optimist Park.
Police say the only suspect information they have at this time is two black males. There have been no arrests as of Saturday afternoon.
Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 5300 block of Currituck Drive for another shots fired call.
Police found a witness who told them he saw a black male wearing a loose-fitting shirt fire several rounds towards a home. The witness said the suspect then ran northbound away from the area.
Police say they located seven shell casings at the scene. No one was injured, but police have not made any arrests in the second shots fired call either.
According to police, they have no information at this time that the two incidents are related.