A victim seriously injured in a weekend shooting in downtown Columbia was struck in the face by a ricochet bullet and was not the intended target of four men now facing assault and weapons charges, according to case documents released Monday.
Boone County prosecutors on Monday charged all four suspects arrested after gunfire erupted about 1 a.m. Saturday near Fifth Street and Broadway. All appeared for arraignment Monday afternoon before Judge Kimberly Shaw, but said little other than responding that they understood the charges and did not have legal counsel.
Caleb Hunt, 21, and Damion Hunt, 26, both of Columbia, fired weapons from the backseat of a vehicle and are both are charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Bond for both men was set at $100,000 cash only.
Eddie Hunt, 21, and Robert Carter, 26, were inside the vehicle the shots were fired from and are both charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Eddie Hunt also faces a probation and parole violation on a past conviction for domestic assault. His bond is set at $50,000 cash only and Carter’s bond is set at $100,000 cash only.
Columbia police wrote in charging documents that Damion Hunt received a call from a man identified only by initials R.H., goading a confrontation. The caller allegedly told Damion he would be downtown and the four men decided to drive around downtown in an effort to locate him.
A witness told police Caleb Hunt and Damion Hunt both had guns while riding in the backseat of a blue Nissan sedan and started shooting toward R.H. from the driver side as he stood on the street near the intersection. According to the affidavit, a crowd was also present and one of the bullets ricocheted toward the victim, striking him in the face and seriously injuring him.
According to the affidavit, the witness told police Carter was in the car and cooperating with the two shooters when the incident, which consisted of eight shots fired near the crowd, took place. Carter was allegedly excited after the shooting took place, stating, “That was some gangster shit,” the witness told police.
Officers were called to the scene and located multiple shell casings and were able to get a description of the blue Nissan sedan. A Boone County Sheriff’s deputy later spotted the vehicle and apparently detained the occupants who were later arrested by Columbia police. Inside the vehicle, officers located additional shell casings, according to the affidavit.
The victim was taken by a private vehicle to a local emergency room for treatment of what police said in a press release non-life threatening injuries and were described in affidavits as serious.
The suspects will appear in court again at 1:30 p.m. May 28 after applying for representation through the public defender’s office.