A shooting at a night club in South Columbus leads to murder charges for an armed security guard. Columbus police charged Darren Gray after conflicting statements from witnesses.
Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday Columbus police responded to the club concerning a gun shot victim. When they arrived, Harry Short, Jr., 21, was lying in the parking lot with gunshot wounds to his torso.
Short was taken to the Medical Center ER by EMS. He did not survive his wounds.
Investigators discovered Darren Gray, 23, who was working as an armed security guard at the club, had shot Short. Police say Gray was working in the front parking lot of the club when he got into a physical confrontation with Short.
Short reportedly left the parking lot but came back. Gray told police he saw him coming back and moved towards him.
Gray reported to police that Short had a handgun and tried to shoot him. Gray said he shot Short.
Shalena Lowe was at Club Ciroc early Saturday morning when the shooting occurred. She gives her account of what happened.
"On the way out the door, we heard one person saying I'm going to whoop his...when he come out that was my cue to just go. Next thing I know it was a big rivalry. After that it was he went across the street to get his gun came back across the street, shot and the security guard shot him," said Lowe.
Columbus police said there are conflicting witness statements about Harry Short's possession of a gun and his actions before he was shot. This along with inconsistent testimony from Darren Gray led them to charge Gray with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Alexis Thomas was also at the club early Saturday morning. She was a friend of the victim, Harry Short.
"He don't bother nobody. He's a good child. I know him, he's my best friend. It hurt me to see that he passed away and he's dead," said Thomas.
Community members gathered outside of Club Ciroc Saturday morning to protest gun violence in clubs in the Columbus area.
"So by coming out here getting the public to support us. It's sending a message that it's time to clean up this problem," said Rev. Willie Phillips.
But Gray's sister said her brother wasn't one to just shoot someone without feeling threatened.
"He just loves what he do but he don't want to see nobody hurt but at the same time he's going to protect whatever he has to protect," said LaTasha Ford.
Gray's family, witnesses, and one of the club managers all give their condolences to the family of Harry Short.
Gray is scheduled to appear in Recorders Court Monday September 16th at 9:00 am.