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NC university releases statement on student injured in Five Points shooting

Howard Boone, Jr. (Source: Boone's Facebook)

Saint Augustine's University has released a statement on a student who was injured in an early Sunday morning shooting in Five Points.

Howard Boone, Jr.,23, is a criminal justice major at SAU who is also a member of the university's Reserve Officer Training Corps. The university says he received his airborne certification in 2017 and aspires to be a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

SAU president Dr. Everett B. Ward said in the statement, "Mr. Boone is a model student and well-respected among his peers."

The university said Boone "was visiting the area with friends and was an innocent victim." The statement also said the shooting "critically injured" Boone.

The Columbia Police Department responded to shots in Five Points just before 2 a.m. on Sunday. Officers located two victims at the 2000 block of Greene Street, while another victim was found at the intersection of Greene and Pavillion streets.

On Sunday afternoon, CPD said two victims were in critical condition, while the third victim was stable.

The department released surveillance images from the district's camera, highlighting persons of interests in connection to the shooting. Officers believe the men in the pictures have "material information" related to the shooting.

CPD continues to investigate the incident.

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