A man accused of shooting four security guards outside a downtown Columbus club early Sunday waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty on Monday.
Greg James, 38, of Phenix City, is accused of shooting the men outside of Mario’s, 1010 Broadway, around 2:55 a.m. Two of those men — a 35-year-old and a 49-year-old — were struck in the abdomen. They remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition on breathing tubes, said Sgt. Ken Hudson.
The other two men shot — a 27-year-old hit in the left thigh and a 47-year-old struck in the right hand — have been treated and released, Hudson added.
James pleaded guilty before Columbus Recorder’s Court Judge Michael Cielinski, though a Recorder’s Court judge doesn’t have the authority to handle felony cases. Instead, the judge gave James bonds of $160,000 on 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.
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Police said Sunday that the gun James allegedly used in the shooting had been stolen in a 2007 burglary.
The man struck in the thigh declined to comment when contacted Sunday. Several people in court for the hearing declined to speak when leaving Recorder's Court.
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, said Lt. Lynn Joiner.
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.”
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact police at 706-653-3400.