The alleged victim reported the weapon to ARC staff, which enabled a supervisor to take possession of the bag containing the firearm, restrain the suspect from leaving the premises and notify the proper authorities.
The handgun was never discharged and no injuries occurred to staff or ARC patrons. Safety of patrons at the ARC is a number one priority. Video monitoring and staff training occur routinely to reinforce a culture of safety at all City facilities.
The suspect has been indefinitely suspended from the ARC, all City parks and recreational facilities.
This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.