One man was killed and another man critically injured when they were shot on a South Side street yesterday afternoon.
Quinten Ellis-John Prater, 22, of 2439 Argyle Dr. on the North Side, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Columbus Fire paramedic at 1:34 p.m. James E. Norvet III, 21, of 2779 Boulder Lane on the North Side, was in critical condition at Grant Medical Center.
Columbus police received a report of a shooting at 1:25 p.m. in the 700 block of Lilley Avenue between Gault and Kent streets just south of I-70. When officers arrived, they found one man dead on a tree lawn in front of a vacant house and another shooting victim unconscious inside a parked car.
It was the fourth shooting in that area this month, and the second one yesterday.
In the earlier incident, about 1 a.m., Rakim J. Willis, 25, address unknown, was shot twice by someone in a car as he stood outside a house in the 700 block of Kelton Avenue, police reported.
Officers chased the suspected shooter to an apartment on the South Side. After a brief standoff with the SWAT team, officers arrested Malachi Z. Lewis, 20, of Woodrow Avenue, on charges of felonious assault.
Willis was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive his injuries, police said. Earlier this month, a 21-year-old man was shot on Kelton Avenue. Less than a week later, a man was shot while inside a pizza restaurant at Livingston and Lilley avenues.
Neighbors said gunshots are so common that they don’t feel safe spending time outside their homes.
“I don’t trust (anybody) I see walking around in here,” said Bertha Blackwell, who lives on Lilley Avenue. “I stay to myself. It’s not the same as it used to be.”
A witness to yesterday afternoon’s shooting, who would not give her name, told WBNS-TV (Channel 10) that the man who died had been shot in the head.
Witnesses told police they saw two men run from the area shortly after the shooting.
Police spent hours walking the alleys and side streets between Livingston Avenue and Mooberry Street. A police helicopter flew low over the neighborhood. SOURCE