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UPDATE: Suspect Charged in Shooting at Union City Park

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:23 am | Updated: 8:54 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

One of the two suspects who allegedly shot at an occupied truck at the city park during a drug deal early Wednesday has been charged, authorities said.

Dakota L. Hopper, 21, Lonedell, is charged with felonies for first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Prosecutors requested a $75,000 bond.

Union police still are searching for a second suspect involved in the incident. Police also recovered the pistol used in the shooting, according to Union Police Chief Norman Brune.

Authorities said four men were in a truck at the Rotary Pavilion area of the city park at 12:48 a.m. They were attempting to purchase marijuana from the suspects in a car.

Hopper and the other suspect may have thought that the victims were trying to steal the bag of marijuana and one of the suspects discharged a pistol into the air and then at the truck, police said.

The second shot possibly flattened one of the truck tires, according to Union police.

The truck then left the park area and was pursued by the suspects.

The driver of the car rammed the truck on Highway 50 at Pecan Tree Lane west of Highway UU, forcing the truck into a guardrail.

One of the victims called 911 to report the incident. 

The suspects confronted the four men after the crash, and one suspect allegedly punched one of the victims, Union police said.

Hopper allegedly demanded cellphones and cash from the victims, police said. 

The suspects fled as police responded to the scene. See the Weekend Missourian for more information.

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