Residents say they aren’t deterred from going out in downtown Columbia after a recent shooting


The Columbia Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday.

The CPD says two people were shot during the altercation, officials said both victims were taken to a local hospital in private cars to be treated for their life-threatening injuries.

The shooting took place on the 10th block of South 10th Street in downtown Columbia.

Harpo chief executive Charlie Smith said he and other members of his staff heard the gunshots and took the club into custody.

“As soon as we heard this we just followed protocols, locked the building, escorted all staff and guests down to the basement, until CPD arrived and secured the premises.” said Smith. Smith said the altercation did not start inside Harpos and the shooting did not take place directly in front.

Tristin Campbell was downtown at a local hookah lounge when the shooting started.

“This is the closest I’ve ever been to a shootout, I guess it just makes you want to be careful,” Campbell said. “The music was so loud that I didn’t hear anything, like a gunshot, but I saw a group of people rushing out of the club and sort of turning around the corner, and naturally I sort of followed. And then a few minutes later, we just saw seven police cars appear.”

Marquis McCaster is a Columbia native and says the recent downtown shootings haven’t deterred him from going out, but have made him more aware of his surroundings.

“I mean, it definitely makes you worry about, like, your surroundings, and be more vigilant,” McCaster said.

The CPD said they have no suspects at this time.

David H. Henry