Gunman at large after 2 teens shot at Columbia home


Police are investigating after an 18-year-old and 15-year-old were shot at a Columbia house Tuesday night.  

It happened around 8:30 p.m. at a home in the 2200 block of Williamsport Pike.  

A grandmother of one of the victims frantically called 911.  

“My grandson’s been shot,” the woman told the dispatcher.  

When asked what had happened, the woman replied, “I don’t know. You need to call the police. It was an accident. I don’t know. I don’t know.” 

The woman told the dispatcher her 18-year-old grandson had been shot in the leg.  

“You have to hurry,” she said. “The gun went off. It got Taylor. I don’t know what to do.”  

Both teens were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment.  

Franklin Burcham lives next door to where the shooting happened. He said he didn’t hear the gunfire and only realized something was wrong when his next door neighbor came to his house.  

“I didn’t hear [anything] until the lady next door came knocking and said she needed my help, saying one of the boys had been shot. She didn’t say two had been shot,” he said.  

Burcham continued, “All I know is when they brought him out of the house, the officer was holding his arm up and he was bleeding out of his arm.” 

Burcham said the other teen was carried out and placed on LifeFlight.  

Police told News 2 the shooting is not accidental, and it is being treated as a crime. They added the gunman fled the scene. A suspect description has not been released.  

Police have not released a motive or if a gun has been located.  

Anyone with information is urged to call the Columbia Police Department at 931-388-2727.

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