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Whitehall police still investigating Paradise Sheesha shooting


Whitehall police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, inside the Paradise Sheesha Lounge, 1121 S. Hamilton Road.

Dennis Lawson, 39, of east Columbus, was shot once in the stomach, Whitehall police said, and was transported to Grant Medical Center, where he was admitted in stable condition.

Multiple 911 calls were received about 2:45 a.m. Sept. 11, when the shooting occurred, Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said.

"There was an altercation at the bar before the shooting," Kelso said, adding that police still are interviewing witnesses to determine the nature of the dispute.

Police interviewed Lawson later in the day Sept. 11, Kelso said.

"We have some good leads," Kelso said Sept. 16.

Paradise Sheesha Lounge does not hold a liquor license. The establishment, known as a hookah bar, is for smoking tobacco products, police said.