September 26, 2010 12:57:00 AM
An armed robbery attempt turned into a shootout at an East Columbus convenience store and ended with two people transported to the hospital.
Police responded to the Food Mart at 227 N. McCrary Road around 11 p.m. on Saturday, where two male suspects attempted an armed robbery.
The store owner opened fire, striking one suspect.
One or both of the suspects returned fire, reportedly shooting the store owner under the arm.
The store owner, whose name was not released Saturday night, was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, as was the injured suspect.
Their conditions were unknown just after midnight.
The second suspect fled the scene; authorities pursued him into Clay County.
Several casings were visible inside and outside of the store. An 18-wheeler parked outside of the business was shot multiple times.
Look for more on this breaking-news story, as it develops, at the website and in Monday''s print edition.
pattijo commented at 9/26/2010 1:36:00 AM:
That just makes me cringe , I sure hope the owner will be okay and they find the loser's that did this .
What are these idiots thinking !! oh yeah apparently their not !!
I hope they get all they deserve !!
btuman commented at 9/26/2010 9:47:00 AM:
People around Columbus are clueless in what is going on in our town. This paper and the local TV station spend more time reporting news away from here than here.
Columbus is crime ridden, drugs over flow and we can't keep up with the violence in town.
We need the communities to stand up and demand this all stops.
hellyes commented at 9/26/2010 1:38:00 PM:
This town better wake up and take care of the problem. Its all down hill from here if we dont.
col_voter commented at 9/26/2010 3:03:00 PM:
I see all the calls for the community to stand up and demand it stops. How many of these people calling for this are willing to be a block captain in a neighborhood watch program. It has been proven all across this nation that one person can make a difference and where that person stood up, formed neighborhood groups, did clean-up and let those who want to participate in crimes know they are no longer welcome the neighborhood has recovered. There are going to be several ward meetings in Columbus, starting with ward 6 at 6pm Monday at Brandon attend, participate and see how YOU can be a part of the solution.
hellyes commented at 9/26/2010 5:30:00 PM:
Arm yourself citizens. Take back control of your neighborhood.
jaymike76 commented at 9/27/2010 5:00:00 AM:
Crime is everywhere. Columbus is no different. The only way it will stop is that the world stops.
uncbigdawg commented at 9/27/2010 3:50:00 PM:
Lock and Load. Crime in Columbus is worse than any where in the Golden Triangle. Citizens must be aware at all times of their surroundings. Since Obama took office the one industry that has boomed is firearm sales. Citizens are waking up and starting to protect themsleves from the low lifes in our community who are to sorry to work and want to take from others what they have worked hard and earned. I applaud the store owner and pray for his speedy recovery. It is time we take our nation back from the thugs who are to lazy to get a real job. These people don't think they are wrong unless the get caught.
jaymike76 commented at 9/28/2010 8:43:00 AM:
What does Obama got to do with people buying guns? That makes about as much sense wiping before you poop. Seriously, if I feel threatened enough I will buy a gun. The president has nothing to do with that decision unless he's threatening me. I'm just saying
2. Columbus men arrested following May shooting COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Sturdivant announces write-in campaign for District 41 seat COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Marijuana plant seized from Starkville man's porch STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY