A jealous man shot at his ex-girlfriend’s male friend in two separate incidents on St. Marys Road, wounding him in the second shooting, according to testimony Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Christopher Russell, 47, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count each of theft by receiving stolen property, reckless conduct and criminal trespassing. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail after being denied bond on multiple charges.
Columbus police were called to the 3000 block of St. Marys Road around 12:43 p.m. July 1 to investigate a shooting. No one was injured, but shots were fired from a vehicle.
Witnesses said Jones’ ex-girlfriend was standing outside of a home with her friend and two other men when the defendant drove toward them. He allegedly stopped in the middle of the street and told the friend he would be back.
Police said Russell also suggested that his ex-girlfriend was in a romantic relationship with her friend and he was jealous.
Ten minutes later, he allegedly returned and fired at least five shots at the friend. He struck a residence, but he didn’t injure anyone, authorities said.
Police located the vehicle Russell allegedly drove during the shooting. They found spent shell casings in the floorboard and passenger seat and a stolen pistol in the trunk, according to an officer’s testimony.
Authorities were called to the same St. Marys Road residence around 9:34 a.m. July 2 to investigate another shooting.
Further investigation indicated that Russell shot the same man he allegedly fired shots at in the July 1 incident. The two men were arguing when the defendant reportedly fired about four shots at him, striking him once in the right leg, according to police.
The victim was transported to the Midtown Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Russell was arrested on Wednesday.