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UPDATE: Police identify man found in home with gunshot wound as former Battle High football player

Police find man dead with gunshot wound

UPDATE Dead man found in home with gunshot wound

COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Resident, Tracie Vangel, told ABC 17 news, she found a round of ammunition and an earplug right outside her home.

She called police immediately; however, we are unsure if this is in fact evidence in relation to last night's homicide.

"They came and took pictures and got it, and there was a little thing to protect your hearing if you're shooting a gun or a loud power tool. So I thought that was suspicious," said Vangel.

She also told us that she has seen suspicious activity at the complex.

"I just noticed a lot of really run down vehicles go in and out of it at all hours," said Vangel.

We checked police reports, police have been called three times to the address in the last month.

Blocker graduated from Battle High two years ago. Many people may know him as the star lineman on the football team.

Members of the Columbia Public Schools community are speaking out, following the shooting - including one of Blocker's former coaches.

"People say they wish they had a thousand of those types of kids right, this one kid, if we had a million of them that would be amazing. That was Rovon, he was always smiling, he was always happy, he was always outgoing," said Cedric Alvis.

Superintendent Peter Stiepleman made an announcement on Twitter. He says Blocker was a kind-hearted student, with big dreams of becoming a police officer.

UPDATE 7/8: Columbia police identified the man who was found dead with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Hulen Drive Saturday night.

Police also said they detained a juvenile in connection with the homicide investigation.

Police said they were called to the 700 block of Hulen Drive shortly after 9:15 p.m. Saturday for reports of gunshots fired. Police said when they arrived at the scene they found a man inside a residence with an obvious gunshot wound.

Police said medical personnel pronounced Rovon Blocker, 20, of Columbia, dead at the scene.

With the help of the community, police said they were able to link a juvenile directly to the shooting. The juvenile was later detained.

Police said they are not releasing more information at this time.

Blocker was known in the community as a star lineman at Battle High School in 2016.

UPDATE: Columbia Police confirmed they found a man dead with a gunshot wound inside a home in the 700 block of Hulen Drive. Officers did not release any other information.

ORIGINAL: Several Columbia police officers are responding to reports of gun shots in the area of Rollins Road and Hulen Drive in West Columbia.

ABC 17 News crews are on scene. This story will be updated when more information is released.


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