Boys & Girls Club release statement after nearby weekend shooting

Two bullets struck the side of the new building

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The supervisor of the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia released a statement Tuesday, addressing the damage to the building caused by gunfire from over the weekend.

"A dispute outside the Rukus Bar & Grill led to a shooting in the street near the Main Club site," said Supervisor Valorie Livingston. "The incident occurred after hours and no Club members were involved or were on our premises during the incident."

On Monday ABC 17 crews saw a shattered window and one bullet hole on the side of the building facing Rukus Bar & Grill. Inside is a gymnasium, where crews saw a backboard of a basketball hoop that was damaged. 

The Club facility recently finished a $2.5 Million renovation, and has yet to hold a grand opening.

"We did sustain exterior and interior gun shot damage to our new gymnasium facility," the statement read. "The safety and protection of the children we serve is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia. We are working closely with our board of directors to determine how we can continue to provide a safe and secure location for youth in the community."

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