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Suspect charged in city shooting

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A Columbus man was arraigned Tuesday on an attempted murder charge and two other felonies after a 20-year-old man was shot in the neck.

Jimmie DeWayne Hair Jr., 26, of 1126 California St., was formally charged Monday in connection with the June 16 shooting. He faces charges of attempted murder, a Class A felony; aggravated battery, a Class B felony; and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Class B felony.

Hair appeared on video from the Bartholomew County Jail during Tuesday’s initial hearing in Bartholomew Superior Court 1. Judge James Worton set bond at $500,000 surety or $50,000 cash and appointed public defender Aaron Edwards to represent Hair.

If convicted on all three charges in last week’s shooting, Hair faces 32 to 90 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000.

Hair is accused of shooting Ericxon Rosado, 20, 1214 10th St., about 9 p.m. June 16 while Rosado was in the back of a vehicle at 1228 Eighth St., about two blocks from Ninth Street Park, according to court documents.

The bullet struck Rosado in the cervical spine, resulting in a fracture of a vertebra. Bullet fragments also lodged in his backbone, Columbus Police Detective Alan Hayes said.

“I expect it will leave a serious, permanent scar upon a portion of Rosado’s neck,” Hayes wrote in a report after reviewing the victim’s medical records.

Rosado was released from IU Health Methodist Hospital two days after the shooting, hospital spokeswoman Lori Ewoldt said.

Looking for ‘a fight’

Police learned from a eyewitness that Hair had been walking around the night of the shooting attempting to find Rosado “for a fight,” according to the court affidavit. There are no details in court documents about why Hair wanted to fight Rosado.

The night of the shooting, the witness — who was not involved in the incident — told Columbus Police officer Michael Beerwart she was sitting in her sport utility vehicle with two women and a child near 1245 Eighth St. when she heard gunshots, the affidavit stated.

When the witness looked across the street, she saw two men she knew only as “Webb” and “Day Day,” and “Webb” was holding a pistol, the affidavit stated.

The witness said she followed the men as they ran four blocks from the scene and ducked into an apartment at 1014 Ninth St.

Police then learned Rosado was driven to Columbus Regional Hospital by Justin Perry and Jair Moreno, who were with the victim when the shooting occurred, according to the affidavit.

In the emergency room, Rosado told police he had been shot by someone he knew only as “Webb.” Rosado later identified “Day Day,” the shooter’s companion, as Dai’von Coram, 18, of Columbus, according to the affidavit.

After being transferred to the Indianapolis hospital, Rosado identified Hair as his shooter hours later when he was shown photographs.

The witness pointed out the house to where the men had fled, according to the court affidavit.

Police surrounded the apartment as Columbus police officer Wesley Dodge talked to two women after they answered the door, the affidavit stated. The occupants agreed to tell Hair and Coram to go outside, and they were taken into custody, according to court affidavits. Coram has not been charged in the incident.

Gun turned in

Dodge learned the shooting suspect’s girlfriend, Jessie Smith, had left the apartment just as police arrived in the neighborhood, the affidavit stated.

A day after the shooting, Smith called police from her mother’s’ home in Hope and said she had the .32-caliber Kel-Tec semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting, the affidavit stated.

She told police she normally keeps the weapon in the glove box of her car, and that Hair — whom she identified as “Webb” — has a spare key to her vehicle, according to the affidavit. She had received the gun after her father’s death, she told police.

She had last seen the weapon a day earlier, when it was left loaded with regular and hollow-tip rounds in the glove box of the car, she told police. “Webb” had used the gun previously for target practice, she told police.

Officers recovered three .32-caliber shell casings in front of 1228 Eighth St., the affidavit stated.

When Smith visited the apartment later, Hair gave her the handgun and told her she needed to “go to Hope,” according to the court affidavit.

Smith told police she could tell the gun was empty as she placed it back in her glove box minutes before driving to Hope.

Police charges

The shooting suspect has been in trouble with the law before.

Hair was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a 2008 conviction in Johnson Circuit Court for attempted aggravated battery, according to court documents.

He was accused of attempting to rob a man withdrawing money from an ATM outside a Greenwood gas station. During that incident, he was accused of firing a gun that tore the man’s clothing but didn’t injure him. Hair was released into a transition program in May 2012, according to court documents.

There’s also a current case against Hair in Greenwood City Court. He’s scheduled for an initial hearing July 16 after being arrested in September on two misdemeanor drug possession charges, court records state.

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