COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Columbia Police Department is investigating shots fired near the Columbia Square Apartments this morning.

According to a media release, multiple reports regarding shots hear in the area were received at 1:12 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a residence int the 1000 block of Claudell Lane that had been struck by gunfire. The residence was unoccupied and the amount of property damage is unknown. Officers recovered shell casings from the seen and witnesses reported three black males fleeing the area on foot after the shots were fired.

Any information about the shooting should be brought to the Columbia Police Department at (573) 874-7652, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS (8477).