Reports of people being ‘shot in the leg’ on the rise

THE STATE, 25 MARCH 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

In a Rosewood apartment complex just off South Beltline Boulevard, right around the corner from a child care center, gunshots pierced an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon.

Columbia police officers responded to Woodland Terrace Apartments just after 3 p.m. on March 19, where they found a 22-year-old man with two gunshot wounds to the leg. Police wrote in their report that two of the victim’s friends gave officers a vague description of where the shots came from. When pressed for more information, they became uncooperative, saying “they didn’t see anything and that they did not know anything about the shooting.”

The victim and his friends may not have cooperated, but two nearby residents spoke with police, who eventually charged Michael DeWayne Haggwood with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.