Cole County deputies investigate afternoon shooting

One person was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a shooting in the Westview Heights subdivision, just outside the Jefferson City limits.

The Cole County Sheriff’s Department said the incident occurred around 2:25 p.m. at an apartment building in the 5200 block of Collier Court.

A fight between two men over a woman ended with one of the men being shot once in the stomach.

The shooting victim was taken by a private vehicle to a local hospital, where he was “stabilized” and then flown by helicopter to University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital for treatment.

Chief Deputy John Wheeler said the victim was listed in stable condition late Thursday afternoon.

As authorities talked to witnesses, they determined that two shots were fired during the fight, but one of them missed hitting any body.

A search of one of the apartments led to three weapons being recovered, including one that had been reported stolen.

After the fight, the suspect got into a vehicle and tried to leave the area, but a woman tried to stop him.

Officials said she was dragged for a short distance before the vehicle was stopped by authorities.

The driver of that vehicle, another woman, was arrested for second-degree assault.

The suspected shooter was arrested for first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

The shooting victim is not facing charges.

Three vehicles were towed from the scene to be processed for evidence.

Authorities did not release any names of the people arrested or the victim, but did say that they all were Cole County residents.

Sheriff Greg White said the suspects’ names would be released after charges are filed against them.


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