Columbia police officers were dispatched to a report of a shots heard call on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at approximately 8:13 p.m. in the area of McBaine Avenue and Duncan Street.
Officers arrived and located one male victim with gunshot wounds near the corner of McBaine Avenue and Duncan Street. Emergency personnel transported the victim to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital. The victim has been identified as James D. Hickem, 23, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.
Columbia Police detectives, along with the Forensic Evidence Unit, were called to gather evidence and process the scene.
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: 2019-010127