Jefferson City police investigating another shooting at local nightclub

One person was arrested and another was still being sought as Jefferson City police investigate shooting at a club where numerous violent crimes have occurred in the past.

According to police reports, at 4:22 a.m. Sunday, an officer patrolling near the 2300 block of Industrial Drive heard a gunshot fired from the area of Club Motivation, 2425 Industrial Drive.

The officer proceeded in that direction to investigate.

As the officer arrived at Club Motivation, he heard several more shots being fired.

There was a large crowd and several vehicles on the lot when the officer arrived.

Witnesses at the scene described a black SUV occupied by three individuals had just left the area, and that the occupants of the vehicle were responsible for shooting at an employee of the club.

No one was injured by the gunfire.

Officers attempted to pursue the vehicle, but could not immediately locate it.

At 4:24 a.m. there was a report of a single vehicle injury accident in the 200 block of Booneville Road.

The vehicle involved was a black SUV.

The driver, Phillip Morgan, 31, Jefferson City remained at the scene while a female and another male who were inside the vehicle fled the scene.

The police department's K-9 unit was called out to assist in locating the fleeing individuals.

During the ensuing investigation, two firearms, several ounces of marijuana, and a large amount of currency were recovered from the wrecked vehicle.

K9 Buzz was able to track and flush out the female who had fled from the accident scene.

After interviews with officers, the female was allowed to leave and is not facing charges.

Morgan is facing charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and resisting arrest.

He was treated at a local hospital, then released into police custody and taken to the Cole County Jail.

The male passenger who is still being sought is described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 6’ tall, thin build, short hair, wearing a yellow American Eagle t-shirt.

This subject may go by the moniker “Slim”.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact police at 634-6400, Crimestoppers at 659-TIPS or on their website at


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