COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A 19-year-old who was arrested Thursday went before a judge Friday morning for the fatal shooting at Esporta Fitness in west Columbus on March 28.
Tae’Von Bush is in custody, and faces murder and theft charges.
Bush is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Tabias Cunningham on the gym’s basketball court just before 9 p.m. Cunningham had just finished a basketball game when Bush approached him. Bush was waiting for the next game to start, according to an affidavit, when an argument ensued and Bush pulled out a gun.
When officers arrived at the gym — located on the 1800 block of Tanglewood Park Boulevard — Cunningham was suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was transported to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just before 9:40 p.m.
Columbus police have said previously they believed two people ran out of the back of the building following the shooting, but the division has yet to name a second suspect.
Online court records show Bush having two cases on file, including a May 2022 petty theft charge in Franklin County.
In November 2021, Bush was indicted on several charges in Warren County after he allegedly broke into two car dealerships, stole a car and drove it, and failed to stop when police attempted to pull him over — fleeing the scene on foot, according to court records.
A Franklin County judge issued him a $2 million bond, and set a preliminary hearing for next Friday.