Four men fired shots at bouncers outside of Club Fetish following a dispute in the business, according to testimony Friday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Dontavis Matthews, 26, pleaded not guilty to second-degree damage to property, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail.
Columbus Police Cpl. Delante’ Odom said around 8 a.m. July 5 he was assigned to follow up on a shooting that occurred at the Club Fetish at 4504 Armour Road.
Witnesses said Matthews and three others arrived at the club in two vehicles as the business was closing. One exited with a rifle and another three exited with pistols, according to police.
“They came into the parking lot and positioned themselves, so no one could actually exit the parking lot,” Odom testified.
Odom said there was a confrontation in the establishment between the men and someone inside. Moments later, the suspects allegedly shot at the club bouncers for about 15 to 30 seconds.
Police said surveillance video shows two of the bouncers grabbing weapons from their vehicles to protect themselves and the other patrons. They didn’t fire their weapons.
“They were too busy trying to take cover,” Odom told the judge.
The club and multiple vehicles were damaged during the shooting, but no one was wounded. All four men sped away from the scene.
Matthews was taken into custody in the 1900 block of Cusseta Road around 1:03 p.m. Thursday. Warrants have been issued for three other men, but officials have declined to release their names.