One Injured in Yet Another Late Night Club Shooting
Just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, as nightclubs around Columbus were preparing to close for the evening, several calls to 911 reported violent disturbances on 22nd St. S.
Initial calls stated that a man had been hit in the head with a beer bottle at The New Premier Lounge and was currently bleeding in the parking lot. Minutes later, another round of calls reported shots fired down the street at Club Heidiho. None of the callers could confirm any injuries from the shots.
Columbus Police Officers and medical responders rushed to the scene, with Officer Rodney Dallas arriving first. Dallas immediately requested an ambulance for a single victim, a black male suffering from a gunshot wound. Several officers arrived shortly after and began searching the area. No other victims were located.
The victim, Thomas Bonner, Jr., was shot one time in the right collar bone/ neck area. He was sitting in the passenger seat of a silver Mercury Grand Marquis in the parking lot of the Heidiho with several of his friends standing around the car. Bonner was bleeding heavily from his wound, soaking his shirt.
While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, some of Bonner’s friends complained “He’s gonna die before y’all help him!” and “We should just take him to the hospital!”
Columbus Firefighters arrived before the ambulance and quickly worked to stabilize the victim. Bonner’s friends were told to back away from the car so that medical responders could work without interference. Some of the males got loud and argumentative, prompting the officers to put them aginst the wall of the club until they could calm down.
An ambulance arrived minutes later to transport Bonner to BMH-GT for further treatment. Though he had lost a lot of blood, the man was able to walk to the ambulance (with the assistance of EMT Matt Stout). Upon inspection the gunshot wound was determined to be the product of a shotgun loaded with bird shot.
[Three people representing Club Heidiho made sure to tell me that the shooting “happened at The Premier, not the Heidiho” and “He just ran over here. It wasn’t us this time. We don’t need any more trouble.” – JD]
According to witnesses, Bonner was shot behind Club Heidiho, near the train tracks. After being wounded, he reportedly ran South to parking lot of the New Premier Lounge before running North along 22nd St. to his car.
CPD Officers and Investigators scoured the area, finding blood trails in both parking lots, but no spent shotgun shells. Nearly half an hour after the incident, a witness called 911, reporting that they had seen a black male in a white shirt and white hat running South on the train tracks while carrying a shotgun. Officers were dispatched to search for the male, but found no trace of the mystery man.
The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
Thomas Bonner, Jr. was released from the hospital from the hospital later the same morning. The Packet is told that he is doing fine.