COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance video of what is believed to be the suspect vehicle in a weekend murder.
Detectives say 37-year-old Robert Lamont Woods was shot outside O’Toole’s Irish Pub and Grill on West Broad St where Woods worked as a bouncer.
Woods was reportedly escorting patrons to their vehicle when a second vehicle pulled up and the occupants fired several shots at him.
The sheriff’s office says Woods was struck by the gunfire. He was transported to Doctor’s West Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect vehicle seen in the video is described as a 2000-2005 silver or light gray Toyota Rav 4. It was last seen fleeing the scene, heading east on W. Broad St toward I-270, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspects are described as black males possibly in their early to mid-20s.
Stephanie Myers describes Lamont Woods as her best friend. “His family and I are all at a loss at this point,” Myers said. “We have no idea who would do this to him. He was the kindest, the sweetest. His heart was gold and I just can’t understand why anyone would target him, why anyone would hurt him.”
NBC4 has learned that Woods was scheduled to testify in the criminal trial of an ex-girlfriend this week. Julie Stovall is charged with aggravated menacing for trying to attack Woods with a knife in March.
An employee of O’Toole’s says there had been no trouble inside the bar Friday night or Saturday morning and that the shooting appears to be unrelated to Woods’ work as a bouncer.
Myers says Lamont Woods had many friends. “He was the most phenomenal man,” Myers said. “An amazing father, amazing brother, amazing uncle, son, I mean he was always there for everyone. He would drop anything at any time to come help someone.”
Family members have scheduled a candlelight vigil for Monday evening at Franklin Park beginning at 8:30.
Stephanie Myers said the family and friends want answers. “We want to know what happened and his mother wants to be able to bury her son knowing that there will be justice.”
If anyone knows the identities of these suspects or have any information on this crime or the suspect vehicle they are asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 614-525-3351.