Columbia man arrested in connection with U.S. 63 double shooting

COLUMBIA — Police arrested a Columbia man Monday afternoon in relation to the Monday shooting on the U.S. 63 connector at Interstate 70.

Officers found Denico Crawley, 30, inside his car on Paris Road after he fled the scene where he fired rounds toward two victims in a white Suburban. The victims’ vehicle was driving on the U.S. 63 connector when Crawley approached them and started to shoot at the driver’s side door.

After the shooting, the injured driver managed to drive her car to the Verizon parking lot off U.S. 63 and Broadway where she unintentionally hit a parked car.

The female driver, 22, and another male victim, 25, were taken by EMS to the hospital and are reported to be in stable condition, the Police Department’s news release said on Tuesday.

Crawley and the woman were previously in an intimate relationship, according to the news release.

Upon detaining Crawley, officers also spotted marijuana and a 4-gram bag of cocaine while searching his vehicle.

Crawley was booked into Boone County Jail Monday afternoon on suspicion of possessing controlled substances in addition to illegal use of the firearm.

A $4,500 bond was set for Crawley’s felony possession of controlled substances, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website. Bonds are to be set for his other felonies, including domestic assault, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to records on Missouri Casenet, Crawley has been charged 14 times since 2004 with illegal drug possession, assault and other felonies before the Monday shooting.

The case is set to be heard in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Supervising editor is Hannah Black.

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