March 23, 2009
Columbus police Sunday apprehended a suspect for shooting into residences.
After several reports from East Columbus residents, officers with the Columbus Police Department arrested Mario S. Harrison, 34, of 117 Crepe Myrtle in Columbus, on a charge of shooting into a dwelling.
Emmitt Ross, of 152 Maple St., called authorities at 5:38 p.m. to report shots being fired in the area. While he was in the house he heard four gunshots outside, Ross said, noting some bullets hit his house.
Columbus police officers George Harris and Don Holifield found bullet fragments and a bullet hole at the house. Police also received a call from Lashuna and Charles Tillman, of 153 Poplar St., who also reported their home had been shot into.
A witness said he saw a black male standing outside at 141 Poplar St. shooting a rifle at a brown car. Tracey Rice, who lives at 141 Poplar St., stated Erik Gore came by her house asking Harrison to come outside.
Gore then started shooting into the air, said Rice. Columbus Police Department Investigator Raymond Hackler was called to the scene to investigate. While officers were out at 152 Maple St., the officers heard shots again.
They located a brown Mercury in the 700 block of Cypress Street. A weapon was recovered, but the suspect had gotten out of the vehicle prior to the stop.
Harrison was arrested later in the day at 106 Maple St. No Bond has been set; his initial appearance will be today or Tuesday.
The following other incidents were reported by the CPD:
The man told Yakley his name was Henry Lee, she said. He went into the home, looked around then left out of the back door, she reported, noting the man also had done something to the back door so it would not lock. The case has been turned over to the CPD CID.