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Columbus police have identified “a person of interest” in an attempted armed robbery at a Columbus apartment complex that they said resulted in a physical struggle, three people being shot and the suspect ending up severely beaten.
Police said they are looking for Brandyn R. Thirkield, whom they believe may have been at the scene of the shooting about 5 p.m. Tuesday at 2320 Sims Court in Bloomfield Apartments, near Marr Road and 25th Street.
Thirkield is 5-foot-9, 145 pounds and is believed to be a resident of Indianapolis. He may have been injured, and in need of medical attention, police said.
Police learned more about what happened about 30 minutes later, around 5:30 p.m., at Columbus Regional Hospital, where they talked with three males — ages 20, 19 and 14 — who received medical attention for non-life-threatening wounds, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.
According to Myers:
The 20-year-old suffered a wound through a leg.
The 19-year-old suffered a wound through a hand.
The 14-year-old suffered a leg wound likely the result of a bullet ricocheting.
For safety reasons, the victims’ names are being withheld by police until the suspect is caught, he said.
The shooting victims told police that they were at the apartment with about seven friends, Myers said.
After hearing a knock on the front door, someone in the apartment opened it. The suspect was someone whom witnesses in the apartment said they had never seen before, Myers said.
Witnesses told police that the suspect pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, gave oral commands to the people in the apartment and tried to rob them of some of their property, he said.
Several people in the apartment attempted to disarm the suspect, and a struggle ensued, witnesses told police. Two shots were fired during the struggle, which wounded the three males, Myers said.
After disarming the suspect, some of the people in the apartment continued to fight with him, causing significant injuries, witnesses told police. They then threw him out in the hallway.
When helping the wounded to the hospital, witnesses noticed that the suspect already had fled, Myers said.
After police talked to the shooting victims at the hospital, officers went to the apartment, saw signs of a struggle and collected evidence, including the handgun. Police have not revealed the caliber of the weapon because the investigation is in its early stages, Myers said.
Police said early Wednesday that they were searching for a tall, thin black male, ranging from age 20 to 30, with short hair and scruffy facial hair, wearing black pants and a tan shirt, Myers said. The suspect suffered injuries to his head and face that require medical attention, he said.
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