Police Search for Downtown Columbia Shooter

Police describe the suspect as a heavy set black male.

Update: July 27, 2013 9:50 p.m.:

People who work downtown say they are shaken by the proximity of Saturday morning's shots fired incident.

Britches manager Valerie Call told KRCG 13 she was already working to improve her store's security even before Saturday's events. She said she is pushing her employees to always leave the store in groups at the end of the day and to be aware of their surroundings at all times whether they are in the store or out and about. Call said she was very worried by how close the incident was to her store, which borders the area where the incident took place.

Alex Campbell, a resident DJ at the 10 Below nightclub, said the violence in Columbia is "getting out of hand." He said he knew several people who were working when the shots were fired Saturday morning, though he himself had gone home by then.

Update: July 27, 2013 6:52 p.m.:

Columbia Police patrol officers located the gray four door passenger vehicle that was the suspect vehicle in the shots fired incident in the alleyway near the 100 block of Ninth Street.

Investigators can not release anymore information at this time.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Original Story:

Police investigators are searching for a man suspected of firing 5 to 6 shots in Downtown Columbia shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Officers found a large disturbance near Cherry and Tenth streets.

As officers approached the disturbance on foot they heard rapid gunshots in the alleyway on the east side of the 100 block of South Ninth Street.

The suspect left the area at a high rate of speed in a newer grey four-door passenger vehicle.

Police describe the suspect as a heavy set black male.

There were no injuries or property damage.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about this shooting you can call the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.