Colin Krieger/The Packet
An argument between two longtime neighbors ended in gunfire early Thursday morning on 7th Avenue in Columbus. Gene Sherrod told Columbus Police that he was sitting on his porch at 1315 7th Avenue North Apartment #A when his neighbor, Eugene Stinson, walked up to his porch stoop following close behind an unidentified woman just after midnight last Thursday. Columbus Police arrived to find an irate Sherrod standing on his front porch next to a pile of broken glass.
“She walked inside, but he started yellin’, cuttin up” Sherrod said. “He wanted to fight me.”
Sherrod said he ignored Stinson and went inside to talk to the woman. Stinson said that he knew the woman pretty well, because she sometimes leaves her bike at his house for safe keeping. He said it was only seconds after that he heard a loud noise coming from his front door. Sherrod told Police investigators that he was sitting on his bed talking with the female when his neighbor violently began kicking at his front storm door. Sherrod said he had had enough and walked outside to deal with Stinson.
“He came at me, and I just grabbed him,” Sherrod said, “I held him down and then I put him in a headlock -just like this.” Sherrod re-enacted the altercation with officers on scene that morning.
Sherrod said that he let Stinson go, but Stinson said something about going to get a gun.
“I guess I didn’t think much of it, so I went ahead and went inside,” Sherrod said, “that’s when I hit the floor. I heard glass breaking everywhere, bullets flying!”
After the barrage of gunfire ended, Sherrod said he peeked through what was left of his shattered door to see if Stinson was still outside. Columbus Police investigating the home found several bullet holes in the front of the home and the door, as well as at least four .38 caliber bullet casings in and around the front walkway of the home.
Investigators knocked on Stinson’s home at 1317 7th Ave.N., but were unable to make contact with the suspect.
“He’s probably on his way to San Diego!” Sherrod advised police. “He’s always said if things went down, he was headed that way.”
As of press time, Columbus Police have not arrested Stinson, and it is unclear if he has absconded to San Diego or is in hiding in the Friendly City.