Shots rang out in a southside neighborhood Sunday afternoon as a club fight from the previous night spills into the street. Derak Carnell Walls, 22, of Pandora Drive in Columbus opened fire in the area of 5th Street South and 13th Avenue South in an attempt to shoot three brothers.
Izell Antwan Turner, 29, Phillip Marcus Turner, 24 and Malcolm Turner, 22, were involved in a disturbance with Walls the night before.
Saturday night, Officer Greg Harstad was patrolling 22nd Street South in the area of Club Heidiho (Formerly The Grey Goose) when a man came out the front door, carrying a woman slung over his shoulder. He yelled for the officer, saying that she needed an ambulance. The young woman had apparently gotten overheated in the club and passed out. While Harstad attended to the woman, one of the security guards in the club came running out, saying that a fight had started inside the building. Since EMRs were not yet on scene, the officer could not leave the young woman’s side. Instead, he called for any available units to come to the club for the fight.
When additional officers arrived at the club, they went inside to control the crowd. Unbeknownst to them, the security guards inside had already laid down a healthy dose of pepper spray in the enclosed room. In the burning atmosphere, the cops found about 20 people (including a few security members) squared off, giving each other mean faces. Luckily, no one involved was brave enough to throw the first punch and the officers had the club cleared in no time.
The rest of the night went by with no incident and no arrests were made.
Sunday afternoon, the fight flared up again. Witnesses told police that Walls and the Turner brothers started arguing over a girl when things turned violent. A short fight ensued before Walls produced a pistol and started firing at the brothers. His shots were wild and never hit anyone, but bullet holes littered the neighborhood, striking telephone poles, lawns and buildings. Walls then fled the scene, leading police to issue a BOLO for his arrest. He was found and arrested later that night, around 7:30 pm.
The shootout occured in front of the Zion Gate Missionary Church and could have resulted in several lives lost, according to Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen. Luckily, there were no injuries in the neighborhood.
Investigators came to the scene after the initial investigation to collect shell casings and to process the crime scene. They found nine shell casings in all in all,
Izell, Phillip and Malcolm Turner turned themselves in Tuesday morning at 11:00 am. They are each charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Manifest Extreme Indifference. Derak Walls was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Weapon.