A 17-year-old girl, riding in the back seat of a car during a drive-by shooting, was in critical condition late Thursday in Columbus after one of the shots struck her in the head. Xavion Holland, 19, the driver of the vehicle involved in the assault, is accused of pulling a handgun and firing at four people people standing outside 42 Stonewall Drive at about 8:16 p.m. Wednesday, Columbus Police said in a report.
Police said Holland stuck the gun out the window of a green Kia he was driving and fired twice, with one shot hitting Holland's passenger, Kiara Simmons, as she stuck her head out the rear, driver's side window.
Simmons was transported by ambulance to The Medical Center.
Holland turned himself in to police and was arrested at 12:20 a.m. Thursday at the Public Safety Center.
He faces five counts of aggravated assault — one for the shot that hit Simmons and one for each of the four people, ages 12-34, who was fired on. No one in that group was hit.
A juvenile who was in the car with Holland and Simmons at the time of the shooting also was arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault, police said. The youth was held in the Regional Youth Development Center.
In Recorder's Court Thursday, Holland pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held on $50,000 bond in the Muscogee County Jail.