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      Shots fired into Columbia home with children inside

      Evidence revealed the shots were fired from the roadway into the front of the home on Demaret Drive.

      Update: February 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

      Boone County Sheriff??s investigators are looking for someone they said fired shots at a mother and her 3 children.

      They found 3 shell casings near an apartment in the 700 block of Demaret Drive east of Columbia just before 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. They also found a round that passed through a window and landed on the kitchen floor. A mother and her 3 children were not hurt. Robert Smith lives on Demaret Drive and said it??s a dangerous place.

      Smith said, ??This street, I have to say, I think the landlords need to start cracking down on the background checks and making sure there is clean people out here.??

      The mother of the 3 children told investigators that she did not have an ex-husband, ex-boyfriend or any enemies that would want to shoot her. Authorities have not leads. Deputies have no suspects or vehicle description. Neighbors said they think it was a drive-by shooting. They don??t think the mother and her 3 children were the intended targets.

      Boone County Sheriff??s Department Detective Tom O??Sullivan said, ??Demaret Drive has always been a hot spot for the sheriff??s department. It is a crime ridden street. Every type of criminal activity that you can imagine has been committed on that street. It??s just a major problem for the sheriff??s department.??

      Anyone with information about last night??s shots fired incident is asked to call the sheriff??s department at 573-875-1111 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

      Original Story:

      Shots were fired into a Boone County home where three children and their mother were inside.

      The Boone County Sheriff's Department responded the call in the 700 block of Demaret Drive around 9:20 Thursday night.

      The victim and her three children, who were inside the home during the shooting, were not injured.

      Evidence revealed the shots were fired from the roadway into the front of the home.

      Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crimestoppers at (573)875-TIPS or the Boone County Sheriff??s Department at (573) 875-1111.