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Man says he was struck with pistol; shots fired


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Columbus police are searching for two people of interest after a man was attacked in his apartment and the intruders fired at least five warning shots.

Police were called to the lower apartment at 803 Werner Ave. at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

A 19-year-old man told police he was staying at the apartment with his sister. He told police he was getting ready for work when he saw a car drive around the house and two men get out and walk to the back door. The man told police that when he opened the door, one of the two men hit him on the head with a pistol, Myers said.

 

The two men entered the house and held him at gunpoint, the man said, then fired at least five rounds up into the ceiling before fleeing in an older, gold Saturn car, Myers said.

The man told police that both intruders had their faces covered, one by a hooded sweatshirt, the other by a scarf, Myers said.

Investigators found at least five shell casings from a .45-caliber handgun, Myers said.

Several rounds went up into the second-floor apartment where a mother and daughter live and were home at the time. However, neither was struck by a bullet, Myers said.

Despite suffering the blow to the head, the man didn’t go to the hospital for treatment, Myers said.

Police are trying to locate two people of interest to whom they would like to speak, Myers said. Neither has been identified publicly by police.

The Werner Avenue area is a hot-spot of suspected drug activity, and police are conducting a lot of patrols in the neighborhood, including the Community-Oriented Police and Problem Solving unit, Myers said.

He urged residents in the area to call police if they see suspicious activity.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the investigation of Saturday’s incident.

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