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Man arrested for shooting another

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Whitehall police arrested a 44-year-old man for felonious assault after he allegedly shot another man June 23 inside a vehicle at East Main Street and South Hamilton Road.

Police arrested Warren L. Brown at his apartment in the 400 block of South Hamilton Road. The alleged victim is a 43-year-old Canal Winchester resident.

The shooting occurred after both men had returned to Whitehall from a gathering of a coaching staff at a Groveport residence, according to the report.

Brown allegedly shot the Canal Winchester man after the two had argued and shoved each other, police said. Both men are believed to have been impaired after drinking alcohol, according to the report.

A witness reported observing Brown shoot the man, who apparently entered his vehicle and attempted to leave the scene.

Police responded at 10:30 p.m. June 23 and found the alleged victim unresponsive in his vehicle, which had struck another southbound car in the rear while both vehicles were southbound on South Hamilton Road.

At first, police did not consider the car accident and the reported shooting to be related until discovering the driver had been shot.

According to a report, Brown and the alleged victim were at a Groveport residence earlier June 23 for a cookout. While there, a dispute began over video games and the claim that Brown often solicits rides from the alleged victim, witnesses said.

About 10:30 p.m., police reported a third party received a call from the alleged victim's girlfriend, stating he had been shot.

Brown called the same person moments later but denied any incident had occurred, police said.

The alleged victim's girlfriend identified Brown as a suspect in the shooting, and police found Brown at his apartment.

Brown did not open the door, and police forced entry, taking him and his wife into custody. Police arrested both but later released Brown's wife with no charges.

The alleged victim underwent surgery at Mount Carmel East Hospital, according to the report. No further information was reported about his condition.

Brown was arraigned June 25 in Franklin County Municipal Court, where a $100,000 cash or surety bond was set. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. July 3 in municipal court.

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