Columbus crime: Gunman tries to rob video gamers

A gunman trying to rob two video gamers at a Columbus home Friday got shoved out the door and fled, police said.

Around 1:15 p.m., police were called to a home on 33rd Street, where they met with a 29-year-old victim. He said he was playing video games in his living room with a friend when he noticed a man walk past his front door.

A few minutes later, the man ran through the door, pointed a gun at the 29-year-old and demanded money, police reports state.

The victim said he recognized the gunman from the neighborhood and told him, “Stop playing,” to which the armed man replied, “I ain’t playing.”

While handing the intruder $3, the victim charged the robber and fought him over the gun, police said. During the scuffle, the victim’s friend ran out the back door.

The resident was able to shove the gunman out the front door and close it. Carrying the gun, apparently either a 9 mm or .380 caliber, the foiled robber ran east on 33rd Street toward Wilson Homes, said the victim, who told police he thinks the gunman’s street name is W.A.B.