Worthington's first homicide in more than two decades occurred last week.

Two people were killed early Nov. 15 in a shooting outside a Worthington bar.

Police were called at 1:27 a.m. to Monkey's Bar and Grill, 6116 Huntley Road, according to a dispatcher for the Columbus Division of Police, who assisted Worthington police on the call.

Officers from the two departments found two men -- Rayland L. Sullivan, 36, of northeast Columbus and Brian K. Farris, 28, of Reynoldsburg -- lying in the parking lot and patio area of the bar with gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third man, who was not identified by police, was found a short distance away with a gunshot wound to a leg, police said. He was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

"I don't know who shot who. I was inside drinking. The next thing you know, it sounded like gunshots. So five seconds later we walked out -- there was a man on the porch shot," said one woman who called 911.

A bartender also called to report a man shot in the head on the porch. Another caller told dispatchers he found a gun nearby after the shooting.

Police said Nov. 15 they were not searching for suspects and did not release a motive.

The bar is in a strip shopping center just north of East Dublin-Granville Road on the eastern edge of Worthington, near the Columbus city limits.

Police records show since January 2016, there have been reports of three fights, five assaults, three disturbances and a stabbing at the bar.

Anne Brown, a Worthington spokeswoman, said city officials plan to petition the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control to not renew the bar's license after the deaths.

State records show the actual name of the business is listed as C & B Machinery Inc. It is registered to Marlen Silva, who could not be reached for comment for this story.

The bar received a violation for selling alcohol to someone under the age of 21 and was ordered to pay a fine last year, according to Liquor Control records.

"We haven't had an incident like this, but because people get in an argument outside, did not buy a drink inside, we get penalized. I'm sorry for what happened but it could have happened anywhere," said a source from the bar.

Sullivan reportedly had stopped at the bar to eat and was not served alcohol. When he stepped outside, he was shot by a man he had a confrontation with earlier at another location, the source said.

The last time a homicide occurred in Worthington was in November 1995, Brown said. That was when Paul Thane Griffin, 64, was killed at the end of a shooting rampage by Jerry Hessler, leaving a Clintonville couple and their 5-month-old daughter dead and two others wounded in Columbus. Griffin's daughter had rejected Hessler's advances 10 years earlier.

Hessler later was arrested in Ashland, convicted and sentenced to death but died of a heart attack while on death row in 2003, archives show.

Anyone with information about the Nov. 15 shooting is urged to contact the Worthington Division of Police at 614-885-4463.

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