COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Two people are dead and a man is arrested after a shooting tied to an alleged drug deal on the east side of Columbus Tuesday night.
Columbus police said the shooting happened on the 2000 block of East 10th Avenue in the East Columbus section of the city at approximately 8:50 p.m. There, police found 19-year-old Antonie Moss Jr., and 16-year-old Jeremy Heglar suffering from gunshot wounds.
Moss was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:58 p.m., and Heglar was taken to Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:52 p.m.
CPD arrested 18-year-old Cayon Drake and charged him with two counts of murder. Drake is scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday.
According to court records, Heglar and his girlfriend pulled up in front of a home on the 2000 block of East 10th Avenue to meet Moss and Drake to sell them drugs. Moss and Drake got into the back seat of Heglar’s car and at some point during the alleged transaction, Moss and Drake pulled out handguns and shot Heglar. Court records said Heglar was able to return fire, hitting and killing Moss and shooting Drake in the arm. Drake ran from the car, shooting it several more times before running away.
A resident of the neighborhood who wished to remain anonymous to protect their safety said they are rattled and now scared something like this will happen again.
“There was a vehicle that had the victims in there that had been shot, crashed into the dumpster right on the corner by my home,” the resident said.
The resident said that while they were processing what had happened, they were also trying to shelter their daughter from the violence.
“One of the victims was laying there still when I got home,” the resident said. “She kept on trying to look out the windows and stuff like that and I was very very worried about that. Plus I’m worried about the safety out here because the kids play in the yards.”
Columbus Police said these are the 48th and 49th homicides in the city this year.
Anyone with additional information regarding the shooting is asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).