A Columbus woman remained hospitalized this morning after being shot in the elbow Saturday night while sitting on a park bench a few blocks from her home, authorities said.
Teresa Holt, 40, identified the shooter as an acquaintance, but was too intoxicated at the time of the assault to assist in the investigation, Columbus police Lt. John McMichael said.
"We're having to wait until she is more able to give us a full report before we can proceed on it," McMichael said, adding he expects Holt to be released soon from The Medical Center. He declined to name the suspect because no warrants had yet been taken out in the case.
The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of 23rd Street and First Avenue, not far from Holt's 3rd Avenue address. McMichael said the woman was sitting on a bench with a man when the suspect approached them, brandished a handgun and fired, striking her once in the left elbow.
The motive of the shooting was not yet clear, he said.
Police were also investigating a separate shooting that happened several hours earlier at Fifth Street and 10th Avenue. According to a police report, 47-year-old Willie Holmes of Phenix City was shot in the right side of his left leg. He was listed in stable condition at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital.
No other details were immediately available.