Columbus Police: Man arrested for ‘showing off’ gun near Picnic with the Pops site


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Police responded to the Columbus Commons Saturday night after receiving a call about someone with a gun at the site.

Police said they were patrolling the area as a precaution after receiving a call at approximately 9:26 p.m. that someone was seen loading an AK-47.

Officers found a car with a gun inside. They later located the suspect and placed him under arrest.

Sgt. James Fuqua with the Columbus Police said Sunday that the suspect was “showing off” a gun in the parking garage near the Commons, which prompted the call to police.

“There is no evidence this person had any intention to harm anyone, but as a precaution, CPD cleared the Commons,” Fuqua said in a statement. “The man with the gun is in custody. This is a great example of how ‘see something, say something’ can help police keep residents safe.”

Picnic with the Pops held a concert at the Columbus Commons Saturday night. According to a witness, the performance was allowed to end, but the crowd quickly dispersed when the music stopped. Also, a planned fireworks show was canceled with an announcement citing “technical difficulties.”

Fuqua did not say what charges the man is facing.

No further information is available at this time.

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