One person was found dead and another clinging to life after several shots were fired in what police say may have been an attempted murder-suicide in Columbia on Monday afternoon.
According to Columbia Police Chief Joe Edwards, neighbors in the 900 block of High Ridge called police after hearing several gunshots outside at 4:43 p.m. Police arrived to find a man and woman down in the street with gunshot wounds.
One of the two was dead when authorities arrived. The other was clinging to life and officers performed first aid before paramedics arrived to transport the person to St. Anthony’s Hospital in South St. Louis County. Edwards said that person was “in grave condition.”
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Edwards did not say whether the man or woman was the shooter or whether the man or woman died because the Monroe County Coroner had not yet notified the victims’ next of kin. The man and woman used to be married, he said.
“Based on prior information and calls up to this location, there have been some domestic issues that our officers have responded to before,” Edwards said. “We want to make sure we do our full investigation before we try to identify (whether it was a murder-suicide). It’s leading us down that path at this point based on the prior domestic calls that we’ve had here.”
Edwards said the deceased person and the injured person were the only ones involved in the incident.
“Anytime something like this happens in broad daylight in the middle of the street, it’s alarming to neighbors, to law enforcement, to everybody involved,” Edwards said.
Illinois State Police crime scene investigators were summoned to the scene to collect evidence and assist in the investigation.
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