That is an investigation currently taking place in Columbia over a shooting and two assaults that took place early Sunday morning. The incidents occurred between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.
According to the police report,the assaults between the victims and assailants was sparked through an argument that escalated to physical contact. The first assault occurred outside of the Thirsty Parrot around 1:00 a.m., where the victim stated that he bumped into the two assailants while walking through the Bar. The victim tried to walk away from the argument, but was subsequently punched in the back of the head by one assailant, and then several times in the face by the other seven assailants. The victim suffered a broken arm.
The second incident, similar to the first, arose at Pop’s New York Pizza; where a verbal argument escalated into yet another physical altercation by the gang. According to a police report, an officer heard several gunshots in the area and then ran to the sound of the gunfire.
The Columbia police department is unsure of the identity of the gang members, but is working diligently to investigate this chain of attacks.
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