A club-goer who pulled a gun early Sunday and started shooting into the ceiling was himself fatally shot when he pointed his gun at someone, Columbus police said.
Terrance Crowell, 32, was shot twice in the chest after firing four shots at Club 360, 1474 Fort Benning Road, just before 2:30 a.m. Raheem Hunter, 30, is charged with a misdemeanor count of being in possession of a firearm at a prohibited location in connection with the fatal shooting, said Lt. Lynn Joiner.
“The shooting seems to be self defense,” Joiner said. “(Hunter’s) not being charged with anything else right now.”
Crowell, who police said had no prior disagreement or argument with anyone at the club, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and began shooting into the air. At least one shot may have gone into the crowd, though Joiner said detectives received conflicting accounts. No one else was injured.
Hunter, armed with a large-caliber semi-automatic weapon, then confronted Crowell, the lieutenant said.
“Crowell pointed his weapon back at the man and another person, so (Hunter) shot him twice in the chest,” Joiner said. “At the time, it was a stampede to get out of the club.”
Joiner said the club was at capacity, with 60 to 70 people filling the small venue.
Crowell ran outside and into the parking lot, where he collapsed. Police found him lying in the parking lot when they arrived, Joiner said.Coroner Bill Thrower pronounced Crowell dead on the scene at 3:04 a.m. Sunday. His body is being sent to Atlanta today for an autopsy.
Hunter is licensed to carry a firearm, though it’s illegal to have a gun at a business that serves alcohol, Joiner said. That led to the misdemeanor charge against Hunter, who’s already made his $250 bond.