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story.lead_photo.caption Antwand Tinon Jr.

A Jefferson City man has been charged with firing a loaded handgun into a vehicle with four people inside.

Antwand Tinon Jr., 20, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree property damage.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement states the incident occurred at 11:39 p.m. Monday near the 500 block of East Elm Street.

A woman said she had gotten into a confrontation with Tinon and then she got into a car with three other people. As they drove away, she said, the back window of the vehicle shattered. She alleged Tinon shot the window.

She showed officers phone texts from Tinon, who claimed to be drunk, and asked if everyone was OK. Tinon also messaged the woman, saying she should say she did not know who shot at the vehicle.

A passenger in the car told authorities she saw Tinon standing outside of a vehicle and pointing a silver handgun at the vehicle. She said she took cover, heard one shot fired, and then the back window shattered.

Officers went to Tinon's apartment and took him into custody without incident. A search of the apartment turned up 9mm ammunition, which was consistent with the ammunition and shell casing found at the shooting scene.

When questioned by authorities, Tinon denied knowing any of the victims and said he did not use or possess a gun.

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