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With witnesses wounded, hearing's delayed on Ticknor Drive 'drug deal gone bad'

So many witnesses were hospitalized from an exchange of gunfire in what police called a drug deal gone bad Saturday night that authorities decided they could not hold a hearing for one of the suspects this morning.

The suspect was Rodney London, 21, whose address on jail records was listed as 5115 Buena Vista Road in Columbus. Arrested at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, he's charged with aggravated assault and using a firearm to commit a crime.

Police said London was among the least injured in the burst of gunfire that erupted about 7 p.m. Saturday on Ticknor Drive. He was hit in the finger. In Columbus Recorder's Court today, a detective said that bullets struck a man in London's car three times in the torso and that London shot a third man in the head, back and lower leg.

The 19-year-old who was in the car with London faces no charges. The 20-year-old wounded police say London wounded likely will be charged with aggravated assault, detectives said.

With two witnesses still in the hospital, an officer asked that London's hearing be delayed until those can be in court. Judge Michael Joyner agreed, but decided to increase London's bonds, which had been set at $5,000 on each charge.

"I'm changing the bond based on what I'm hearing," Joyner told the public defender representing London, as he upped the bonds to $100,000 for aggravated assault and $10,000 for the firearm charge.

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