Columbia police officers were dispatched to a report of a shots heard call on Sunday, Sept. 22, at approximately 3:10 a.m. in the area of McKee Street and Rice Road.
Officers arrived and located two victims that had gunshot wounds in the lawn of a residence in the 2100 block of McKee Street. Emergency personnel transported the two victims to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. They were both pronounced dead at the hospital. The two victims were identified as Antonio Lasha Houston, 36, of Columbia and Danielle Beverly-Mae Marine, 33, of Columbia. Next of kin have been notified.
Columbia Police detectives, along with the Forensic Evidence Unit, were called to gather evidence and process the scene. Several shell casings were located in the 2100 block of McKee Street.
"Our thoughts are with the families of Antonio and Danielle. The men and women of the Columbia Police Department will continue to do our part by pursuing those who prey on others," Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said. "Our community must work together to address this violence. I ask our community members to have the courage to speak up and help. We can’t do it alone."
There is no suspect or additional information to release at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain completely anonymous.
Case number: 2019-009975