A gunman shot four people on Broadway early Sunday — striking two of them in the abdomen — before he fled down the street and was arrested, Columbus police said.
Gregory James, 38, of Phenix City, faces four counts of aggravated assault and one count each of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Lt. Lynn Joiner.
Downtown clubs were closing around 2:55 a.m., and the four gunshot victims — who worked security at Mario’s, 1010 Broadway — were outside when James allegedly approached them on the sidewalk outside of the club, the lieutenant said.
“He evidently had some type of altercation or disagreement with one these individuals within the past week,” Joiner added. “He evidently saw who he was looking for and opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol.”
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A 35-year-old and a 49-year-old were struck in the abdomen. A 27-year-old was hit in the left thigh and a 47-year-old was struck in the right hand. It’s unknown how many bullets were fired, Joiner said.
An off-duty police officer working in the area spotted the suspect walking north on Broadway at 11th Street and Broadway after the shooting. When the suspect saw the officer, he started to run. That officer, another off-duty officer as well as a Roadhouse employee chased the suspect and caught him, Joiner said.
The suspect had the handgun in his pants. “It was loaded,” the lieutenant said. “There was a live round in the chamber and other rounds in the magazine.”
The two men shot in the abdomen remained in critical condition at The Medical Center on Sunday. The man shot in the thigh was treated and released while the last gunshot victim was undergoing surgery on his hand, Joiner said.
Gregory’s Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact police at 706-653-3400.