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Jefferson City police arrest 2 following weekend shooting

Jefferson City police arrest 2 following weekend shooting

December 18th, 2017 by News Tribune in Local News

Two people have been charged in connection with a pair of weekend shootings that left a Jefferson City woman in critical condition.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, officers investigated an incident in the 600 block of East Capitol Avenue, according to police reports. Police discovered two vehicles had been involved in a chase, and a person in one of the vehicles was shooting at the other vehicle. Officers found no victims or property damage but did find spent shell casings.

Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the 500 block of East Capitol Avenue, where they found a 47-year-old Jefferson City woman with a gunshot wound to the head. The woman was taken to a Jefferson City hospital and later transported a Columbia hospital in critical condition.

Investigators later found damage to a front bedroom screen window pane, consistent with a bullet hole. The victim's bed is located next to the window where the damage was found.

As detectives continued their investigation Sunday, they found that Davone Murphy, 18, of Jefferson City, drove a vehicle that matched the one they were looking for. Murphy and his girlfriend, McKensi Henderson, 20, of Jefferson City, were located at her residence on Wildwood Drive. She consented to let officers search her home, and they found .22-caliber ammunition that matched what they had found at the shooting scene.

When questioned, Murphy admitted to firing the shots at the vehicle. He said they were in Henderson's vehicle at the time, and the gun used was disposed of after the shooting. Henderson denied any involvement in the shooting.

Murphy was charged Monday afternoon with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Henderson was charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

The investigation remains open, and probable cause statements filed in this case do not indicate a cause for the shooting.