A man accused of firing a 12-gauge shotgun at Liberty Garden Townhomes late Friday said he had something for a group people in front of his apartment before a buckshot was fired into the concrete at 620 Fifth Ave., a Columbus police officer testified Thuirsday in Recorder’s Court.
David Davis, 63, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault in the 10:45 p.m. shooting , three counts of criminal trespass, one count of reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Davis pleaded not guilty to the charge and Judge Julius Hunter ordered him held without bond on the three assault charges.
Officer Justin Johnson said he found two men and woman shot at the location after police were called at 11 p.m. to check on a shooting. One man was shot in the arm, the woman was hit in the left thigh and the third man had a leg injury. Two of the three victims were treated at the hospital and later released while the third didn’t seek hospital treatment .
At the scene, witnesses directed police to the apartment where the suspect lived. A woman at the apartment allowed police to search it. They found Davis who matched the description of the suspect and seized a 12-gauge shotgun.
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Witnesses told police that three people were standing outside Davis’ apartment building when he asked,” Y’all still back there? I got something for you.”
A witness thought Davis went inside his apartment and returned with a stick but it was a shotgun. A buckshot was fired into the concrete, breaking apart as it hit ground. Pellets from the blast struck three people, damaged two vehicles and the apartment building.
Owen Lynch, the public defender for Davis, questioned police about an estimate on damages but none was available.
Davis stood silent during the hearing and didn’t testify.
Hunter said he set no bond on the assault charges because the suspect’s record shows he was convicted of an armed robbery in 1975, a burglary in 1989 and 1998. All charges are felonies.