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Teen allegedly shoots man, 64, in the head

Suspect remains in jail on bond of $400,000

By MARK RICE

mrice@ledger-enquirer.com

Columbus police have charged 16-year-old Devonte Wilkerson with shooting a man nearly 50 years his senior during a robbery attempt Wednesday night near the Golden Donut shop at Manchester Expressway and River Road.

The victim, 64, survived the gunshot wound, for which he was treated at The Medical Center in Columbus.

Wilkerson, of Marilon Drive, is being held on $400,000 bond after a closed-door hearing Thursday in Columbus Recorder's Court, authorities said. He is charged with two counts of criminal attempt armed robbery and one count each of aggravated assault and using a firearm to commit

a crime, police said.

Investigators said Thursday that they were seeking a second suspect.

Officers report they were called to a shooting in the area outside Golden Donut at 7:28 p.m. Wednesday and found the victim sitting on the ground, bleeding from the head wound he had sustained about 10 minutes earlier.

The wounded man identified Wilkerson as one of the two suspects who tried to rob him, investigators said. The victim also identified a camouflage ski mask Wilkerson still had when officers detained him, they said.

A second man, 32, sharing the older victim's last name and Seventh Avenue address, was forced to the ground as the robbers also pointed the gun at him, but he was not injured.

Authorities said Wilkerson is being prosecuted as an adult, despite his youth.

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