Thursday, December 1, 2022

UPDATE: Coroner IDs man killed in Columbia shooting

Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni identified a man killed in that shooting as Lamar Lewis, 41. Diamantoni determined Lewis died of a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled his death a homicide.

Emergency responders focused around a large dark-colored Dodge Challenger which they covered with a tarp around noon. What appears to be blood was visible near the driver's side back tire.

A man who was riding his bike in the area said he rode past the Dodge Challenger right before the shooting took place and heard the gunfire when he was farther down the street.

The bicyclist, who declined to give his name out of fear of retaliation, ran back to the vehicle to help a man who got out and collapsed onto the street. The bicyclist also saw another man in the vehicle slumped over.

Detective Matt Leddy declined to say Wednesday if police were investigating the shooting as homicide. Columbia police did not provide new information on Thursday.

The male suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and fled east on Avenue F toward North Third Street, police said. Anyone with information about the Columbia shooting should reach out to Detective Matt Leddy at (717) 684-7735. 

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