Update: Five arrested, three injured after group incites shooting on Staunton Drive

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 13, 2013 

Five people were arrested and three were injured after a group began shooting at each other on Staunton Drive Monday night, according to the Columbus Police Investigations Division.

Police responded to the 1400 block of Staunton Drive, located off Old Cusseta Road, at about 8:30 p.m., Monday after receiving reports of a shooting, according to a report. While en route, officers received reports that an individual was transporting two victims to the hospital from the scene of the shooting.

Sgt. Daniel Lyon told The Ledger-Enquirer Wednesday that officers later discovered five men were shooting at each other in the area. Two of those men were injured during the fight and sought treatment. Though they were initially listed in the police reports as victims, Muscogee County Jail records show they were later arrested.

Lyon said police are uncertain at this time why the men were shooting at each other, as each suspect gave a different story.

When officers arrived at The Medical Center, they discovered Kaerain Rose, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the top of the head.

A 37-year-old victim unrelated to the incident received gun shot wounds to the leg, arm and stomach during the incident. An official with The Medical Center said he was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

When police were questioning Rose, he allegedly gave a fake name and a social security number that was incorrect. During a background check, officers discovered he had used the fake name and social security number during a past dealing with police.

Rose is now in jail facing charges of aggravated assault, giving a false name, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime and violation of probation.

Damien Merriweather, 22, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime.

Three others were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

Scott Phillip was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of weapon during the commission of a crime and violation of probation.

Alec Spencer was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Kenny Miller was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. All five men's cases are scheduled to be heard in Recorder's Court Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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