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Shots fired in Wal-Mart parking lot

Shots fired in Wal-Mart parking lot

May 13th, 2012 in News

A Fulton man faces charges for unlawful use of firearm after allegedly shooting a gun at a local business early Saturday morning.

At 12:30 a.m., the Fulton Police Department received a report of shots fired in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

"Upon checking the scene, officers found some shell casings in the parking lot," Maj. Roger Rice said Saturday afternoon, noting that no one was injured as a result of the incident. "They checked surveillance video, got some vehicle descriptions and were able to develop some witnesses who helped identify a suspect."

Antawan J. Ferguson, 20, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon on felony charges of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, as well as a misdemeanor charge of third-degree domestic assault. Bond is set at $100,000.

Rice said the shooting was an isolated incident - the culmination of a domestic dispute.

"Apparently this had started at a bar earlier in the evening and escalated at Wal-Mart when another vehicle came to pick (the woman involved) up," he said.

Rice said there are no other suspects at this point in the investigation.

"As far as what evidence we have shows, all the shots we have came from him," he said. "The Columbia Police Department is looking for the other vehicle for us - we hope to be able to count bullet holes."

According to Rice, the shots were fired in the direction of the roadway, but no bullet holes were found in any of the businesses or residences across from the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Rice said he was pleased officers were able to identify and take a suspect into custody so quickly, noting that shootings like this, "are something we don't want happening here."