A Columbus juvenile accused of shooting another juvenile in the hand on Thursday made his initial appearance in court Friday.
Brandon Perry, 17, of 1419 Sixth St. S., was arrested at his residence and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police said they believe an argument Thursday morning led to shots being fired.
Perry was arraigned, and bond was set at $10,000. His preliminary court date is Feb. 16.
Details in the case remain elusive. Police said they believe the shooting occurred near Moss Street and involved an argument about a girl. Ambulances responded to the wounded juvenile in the parking lot of Sanderson Plumbing at Seventh Avenue North and 22nd Street North.
Police put the plant on lockdown with the belief that Perry was inside. However, police found Perry at his Southside Columbus home. The plant was on lockdown for a little more than an hour.
The wounded 17-year-old, who was released from BMH-GT, identified Perry as his shooter in a statement to police, according to CPD Investigator L.C. Cockrell.
“We also located the gun in a ditch near Waterworks Road,” Cockrell said.
Police originally responded to a 911 call of two males with guns walking in the area of where the shooting took place.
Authorities are still investigating the case, and no other charges have been filed.
Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Perry was charged as an adult because he is 17 years old and the offense is a felony.
Mysterious bullets found at Jasmine Street home
Mystery surrounds an investigation of possible shots fired at a residence in west Columbus.
Police responded to 96 Jasmine St. on Friday at about 3 a.m. after a resident called 911 about a neighbor, Columbus Police Department Investigator George Harris said.
The 911 center received a call about Cleveland Neal, who lives at 96 Jasmine St., Harris said.
“He was beating on their door. They opened the door because they know him as a neighbor across the street.”
When police arrived, they searched Neal’s house and found evidence of gunshot rounds on the floor and evidence that shots had been fired inside the home, Harris said, noting police also found a firearm.
“He’s not actually the owner of the home. He’s just one of the residents who lives there,” Harris said.
After searching Neal, officers found cocaine on his person, Harris said.
Neal was charged with possession of cocaine, Police Chief Selvain McQueen said.
The case is still under investigation, and it is unknown who fired the rounds or when.
“There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered,” Harris said.